April 1, 2015 | Quote

ISIS Wants a Truce

According to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a Mideast expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, those remarks about the West acting robotically appear in hindsight to foreshadow the current, more developed argument about a truce.

So is this a genuine offer, an invitation for talks?

“The talk of a truce I don’t make much of,” says Gartenstein-Ross. “I take it much more as a tactic designed to break the morale of their opponents and to give credence to antiwar voices in the West.”

He adds: “ISIS is very attuned to the different audiences it wants to influence and fairly effective in how it does that, and here, I think, it is seeking to appeal to those in the West who have unease about the military action that is being undertaken taken with the aim of eroding the enemies’ political will.”

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