Syria & Iraq Audio Analysis: How Do You Fight the Islamic State?


PHOTO: Elite police officers in Paris amid Friday night’s Islamic State attacks (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

I spoke with BBC Hereford on Monday morning about the difficult issue of confronting the Islamic State, following last week’s attacks in Beirut and Paris.

I wanted to take the conversation beyond the immediate reaction of the British Government that focuses almost exclusively on security “at home”, so began with point that no approach will be effective unless it deals with the local causes that gave rise to the Islamic State: “To deal with the mosquitoes, you have to drain the swamp.”

Listen from 35:44

You have to deal with the areas where the Islamic State is strongest. In Iraq, you have to come up with a political and military strategy which begins to reduce their control over large parts of the country and begins to give people confidence that the country can move forward.

In Syria, where the Islamic State has been able to thrive because of the vacuum created by the Assad regime, you have to come up with a long-term approach which doesn’t include the Islamic State or Assad.

Unless you grasp those nettles, we are going to be having this discussion six months, one year, five years from now.

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      For this breed of post-colonial imperialist, Jordan, with its franchised King-on-a-string and puppet government amalgamated from agents of foreign powers, is the model Muslim Arab society.

      • Theresa May faced her first major national security incident as Home Secretary with the Cumbria shootings (12 people and injured 11 others) . May delivered her first major speech in the House of Commons in a statement on this incident, later visiting the victims with the Prime Minister.

        2014, the British government raised the terrorist threat level to “severe,” as Cameron and Theresa May warned a terrorist attack was “highly likely,” following the coming to prominence of the Islamic State.

        Theresa May is right saying it´s not our job to evaluate Islam. This should leave to Moslems themselves.

        The last thing we need are hate speeches and we do not need extremest right wing racist views either.

        Racism can`t be an answer – not matter against whom it is directed.

    • LoL. Mr. Rusky Bavarian – RT (Russia tomorow ,:)) is the most stupid and crazy russian propaganda outlet for the Russian Putin Regime. It`s spreading disinformation only – bullshit comments, bullshit reports and adulation of Stalin and Putin the greatest.

      Rusky Bavarian – we are more interested about the reports from journalists killed by the russian regime – Konstantin Popov died from a beating by state polic,
      23 February – Journalist Ivan Stepanov was stabbed to death at his dacha
      20 March – Maxim Zuyev was found murdered in a Kaliningrad
      5 May – Shamil Aliyev, founder of two radio stations and a director of TV network was shot in his car
      13 May – Said Magomedov, director of local television station, Sergokalinsky district, Dagestan. Shot dead when travelling
      25 June – Dmitry Okkert, Moscow. A presenter with the Expert TV channel, Okkert was found stabbed to death
      25 July – Bella Ksalova, Cherkessk. A correspondent for the Caucasian Knot website and news agency, Ksalova died in a hospital after being hit by a car near her home.
      1 August – Malika Betiyeva, Grozny-Shatoi highway. The deputy chief editor of Molodyozhnaya smena, and Chechnya correspondent of the “Dosh” (Word) magazine, died with four of her immediate family when a speeding jeep crashed into her car.
      11 August – Magomed Sultanmagomedov, Makhachkala. The director of the “Makhachkala TV” station died in the hospital after his car was shot at from another vehicle.
      23 October – Yevgeny Fedotov died in a hospital due to the head injuries received in a violent quarrel with his neighbour. The latter has been charged for manslaughter.
      15 December – Gadzhimurat Kamalov, Makhachkala. Investigative reporter – shot 6 times in a drive-by outside his newspaper’s offices
      7 July – Alexander Khodzinsky, journalist in Tulun, was stabbed to death by a local businessman Gennady Zhigarev, former deputy.
      5 December – Kazbek Gekkiev, journalist for local TV programmes in Kabardino-Balkaria, was shot dead on street of Nalchik, after threats from local wahhabi extremists
      9 July – Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, deputy editor of the Novoe Delo was killed (after numerous death threats and previous assassination attempt in January 2013 by several gunshots while he was driving just 50 metres from his house on the outskirts of provincial capital Makhachkala.
      1 August – journalist and human rights activist Timur Kuashev was abducted from his home and later found dead in Kabardino-Balkaria. Kuashev was previously stopped by local police for a number of times and received death threats.

      It would be so kind of you to present us some reports of this journalists killed by the russian regime.

        • Rusky Bavarian, thanks for the question. The question how to fight Daesh needs some information first.

          If you use Russia tomorow (,:)) you get brainwashed only. My plea to post something that was written by the killed by Putin journalists is a way out of your dilemma.

  1. US provided French officials with information to help them strike Daesh targets in Syria, known as “strike packages,” American officials said.

    Initial reports from activists on the ground in Raqqa, which could not be verified independently, said that hospitals had not reported any civilian casualties. Yet they also said the targeted sites included clinics, a museum and other buildings in an urban area, leaving the full extent of the damage unknown.

    The French military response capped another tense day in the wake of the attacks across Paris on Friday night. The authorities hunted for an eighth suspect believed to be on the loose, while seeking to piece together how the assailants got the training, weapons and explosives they used.

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