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Syria: Islamic State of Iraq vs. Everybody

Syria: Islamic State of Iraq vs. Everybody
March 02
10:23 2014

Following the killing of “Al Qa’eda mediator” Abu Khaled al-Suri, insurgents gave the Islamic State of Iraq and as-Sham an ultimatum to cease fire or “face expulsion” from both Syria and Iraq.

This week ISIS has reportedly withdrawn from some towns in northern Syria to concentrate its forces in key areas such as the city of Raqqa.

What is the chance of ISIS winning the battle against insurgent factions, maintaining its hold on towns and cities, and challenging the Assad regime?

See Syria Daily: Islamic State of Iraq Preparing for Final Showdown with Insurgents?

ISIS has almost no friends left in Syria. Not among the “moderate” opposition, the “extremist” opposition, no one.

In effect ISIS, which has fought the Assad regime since 2012, is now fighting everyone else.

There is no way it wins this fight.

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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