The Islamic State ( Is A Militant Movement Based On A Fundamental Doctrine Of Islam

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Summary: The Islamic State (IS) is a militant movement based on a fundamental doctrine of Sunni Islam. For the United States, the Islamic State presents an existential threat of terrorism (Laub). ISIS “accelerates the collapse of world order, provokes domestic and global trends that endanger American values and way of life, and plan direct attacks against the U.S. and its partners” (Kagan et al.). ISIS has been linked to attacks in Lebanon, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, and loyalty has been pledged to the group by fighters in diverse states, such as Nigeria, Libya, Sinai, and Afghanistan. Thousands of fighters from these regions and states across the world, including the United States, have joined the Islamic State and may potentially carry out attacks in their own homelands. Furthermore, the United States has a humanitarian interest in the conflict – over four million refugees have fled Syria since 2015, some of which will be resettling in the U.S (Byman). Taking these threats to U.S. interests into consideration, it is necessary to explore solutions that would allow for the degradation and ultimate defeat of ISIS before it can further endanger the U.S. and its citizens (NSS). Background: ISIS, having occupied territory in western Iraq, eastern Syria, and Libya, commands great authority, both political and theological, over Muslims across the world. Since the group’s 2003 origins, it has capitalized on the disenfranchisement of Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Syria – particularly

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