October 16, 2014 | Quote

Isis Still on the Front Foot in Iraq

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, director of the centre for the study of terrorist radicalisation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, believes that it is probably the latter.

“In Anbar, certainly, they have been tactically brilliant. But is there a co-ordinated battle plan with what is going on in Syria? What is the point in taking Kobani? To me, Isis has an extraordinarily genocidal set of political inclinations – a genocidal rage against the Kurds, and that is what has driven that.”

It is, says Mr Gartenstein-Ross, a “strategic blunder.”

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