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Islamic State in Iraq and Syria | Council on Foreign Relations

August 8, 2014
"For al-Qaeda, attaching its name to Zarqawi's activities enabled it to maintain relevance even as its core forces were destroyed [in Afghanistan] or on the run," wrote Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism fellow at the New America Foundation.

At odds with al-Qaeda's aims, ISIS has since expanded its territorial control, establishing a "de facto state in the borderlands of Syria and Iraq" that exhibits some of the traditional markers of sovereignty, note Douglas A. Ollivant and Fishman.

Obama: Iraq action will be limited | USA Today

August 8, 2014
"We could be in this game for a long time," said Douglas Ollivant, a senior fellow with the New America Foundation and director for Iraq at the National Security Council during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

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Will U.S. Troops Stand By While ISIS Starves Thousands? | Daily Beast

August 7, 2014
The situation is dire, but legal constraints may limit U.S. options for direct assistance to the Kurds, said Douglas Ollivant, a former U.S. Army officer who advised Gen. David Petraeus and served in the National Security Council under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“There might not be a legal way for us to sell arms to the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government],” Ollivant said. “The Kurds are finding out the hard way that there are huge structural barriers, totally independent of policy, being a sub-state unit.”

Gen. Barry Mccaffrey Says Vietnam-Generation Media, Pols Distrust U.S. Military | Breitbart News

July 10, 2014
"So, Iraq is coming apart, and I think in the long run, Richard Haas (president of the Council on Foreign Relations) has a pretty good explanation of it, as does ("American War Generals" executive producer) Peter Bergen, that we're seeing fault lines develop on World War I geographical boundaries that inadequately identified national entities."

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Editorial: New Rules Needed For Use Of Drones | Metrowest Daily News

July 7, 2014

The authors of this report are not pacifist human rights crusaders. They include retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, the former commander of U.S. Central Command; Philip Mudd, a former deputy director of the CIA's counterterrorism Center; and John B ...

Use of Drones for Killings Risks a War Without End, Panel Concludes in Report | The New York Times

June 26, 2014

Other members of the group are Philip Mudd, a former deputy director of the C.I.A.'s Counterterrorism Center; Jeffrey Smith, who served as the C.I.A.'s general counsel during the Clinton administration; and John B. Bellinger III, the legal adviser to ...

Washington and London Ignored Warnings about the ISIS Offensive in Iraq | The Daily Beast

June 24, 2014

Brian Fishman, a fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, sees the tie-up as being more indirect and Byzantine, noting there is a difference between “an explicit partnership or an implicit alignment of interests.” And he maintains that ...

Confronting Terrorism And Instability In The Middle East: The Common National ... | The Huffington Post

June 23, 2014

Iraq currently has a military of only a little over 270,000 personnel, practically without any air force. Its army has only 336 old tanks and 100 helicopters. The U.S. has yet to deliver the F-16 fighters that it has sold to Iraq. And Peter Bergen, a ...

What Isil's English-Language Propaganda Tells U.S. About Its Goals | Al Jazeera America

June 20, 2014

"They've definitely learned that in order to maintain control over the long term, they need to provide actual governance to the local population, and they need to tell that story," said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism research fellow at the New ...

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