February 21, 2016

CAN'T HAVE A CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS WHEN THERE'S ONLY ONE:

How IS has been making enemies in Afghanistan (Sayed Abdullah Nizami, 21 February 2016, BBC Magazine)

[T]hen the tactical errors began.

The main problem was the commanders just couldn't keep control of their own men. In July last year they got into conflict with the local Taliban and one of their top leaders. Then another commander started attacking government forces in the neighbouring province.

It has been a disaster for Da'esh, I am glad to say. Instead of gradually planting deep roots they came out into the open and now they are being attacked from all sides.

The US has made Da'esh an official target in Afghanistan, and has launched a series of special forces operations and drone strikes against it in the last couple of weeks.

They are under assault from Afghan government forces and the Taliban, as well as local militias - everyone seems to be against them.

What is more they have lost the support of local people because they have brutally tortured and murdered innocent villagers.

The people I know who got involved with Da'esh are now keeping a very low profile. Lots of them were once Taliban fighters but it is very hard for them to go back.
Da'esh are much, much weaker now than they were even just a few weeks ago.

Posted by at February 21, 2016 8:17 AM

  

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