Nov 04 2015

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

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GUEST: Abdel Bari Atwan is a Palestinian journalist and writer and the long-time editor-in chief of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. He now edits the Rai Al-Youm news website, the Arab world’s first Huffington Post-style outlet. He is a contributor to the Guardian newspaper and Scottish Herald. He interviewed Osama Bin Laden twice in the 1990s. His books include The Secret History of Al Qaeda, and After Bin Laden: Al-Qa’ida, the Next Generation.

President Obama announced last Friday that he would commit 50 US special forces troops on the ground in Syria, a 4-year long conflict that he has said he wants to avoid getting involved in. The US has been launching airstrikes in Syria, targeting the Islamic State rebels. But military action has seemingly only strengthened the group that many refer to as a “death cult.”

How can the US and other countries hope to combat the Islamic State unless it actually understands what motivates them?

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