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The Islamic State: A Video Introduction

Aaron Y. Zelin

As the United States leads a coalition to thwart military advances by IS – also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh – Institute Richard Borow Fellow Aaron Zelin explains the jihadist group’s origins, objectives, and operations in this introductory video presentation.

Defeating ISIS: Strategy and Implementation

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The Islamic State: A Video Introduction

Aaron Y. Zelin

As the United States leads a coalition to thwart military advances by IS – also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh – Institute Richard Borow Fellow Aaron Zelin explains the jihadist group’s origins, objectives, and operations in this introductory video presentation.


PolicyWatch 2371

The Islamic State's Expansion in Libya

Andrew Engel

While some debate the group's true extent in Libya, ISIS has aggressively expanded its physical and media presence to intimidate its foes, coopt other jihadist groups, and attract recruits.


Policy Focus 137

The Long Haul: Rebooting U.S. Security Cooperation in Iraq

Michael Knights

The challenge posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has created some strange dynamics, among them the shared interest of the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran in "degrading and defeating" the Sunni jihadist group. But this shared interest should not be viewed as an...