November 6, 2019 | FDD's Foreign Podicy

The Rise and Incomplete Fall of the Islamic State

Episode 42
November 6, 2019 | FDD's Foreign Podicy

The Rise and Incomplete Fall of the Islamic State

Episode 42

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Episode 42

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — five years ago proclaimed the caliph of the Islamic State — has been eliminated by American Special Operators in Syria, underscoring both the importance of having boots on Syrian ground and the benefits of partnering with Kurdish-led forces.

In this episode of Foreign Podicy, FDD founder and president Clifford D. May offers thoughts on this development. Then, in a conversation recorded prior to the death of ‘Big Baghdadi’, Cliff discusses the Islamic State in a broader context with Seth Frantzman, author of After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East, based on four years of on-the-ground reporting from ten countries in the region,  and John Hannah, senior counselor at FDD and former national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the caliphate of the Islamic State from The Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq in 2014. (Getty Images)
Former Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in a video filmed in Mosul, Iraq. (Getty Images)
A U.S. Department of Defense handout shows a side-by-side comparison of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound before and after the U.S. Special Operations raid during the mission to capture or kill the terrorist leader. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense and Getty Images)

Issues:

Al Qaeda Iran Iran Global Threat Network Islamic State Jihadism Kurds Military and Political Power Russia Syria Turkey U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy