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Understanding ISIS

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  1. Understanding ISIS History, Geopolitics and International Affairs

  2. Sunni – Shia Divide

  3. Sunni – Shia Divide ( Click on image for expandable view )

  4. Origins of ISIS CaspianReport – November 2, 2014 ( 10:35 )

  5. Invasion of Iraq March 2003

  6. No End In Sight ( documentary, 2007 ) The occupation of Iraq ( 1:42:56 )

  7. Commentary on the Origins of ISIS

  8. Commentary on the Origins of ISIS

  9. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The Man Who Drew the U.S. Back to Iraq New York Times Video, September 22, 2014 ( 2:02 )

  10. Syria – Iraq –ISIS “Score Card” Caspian Report:

  11. ISIS vs. ISIL – What’s the Difference? AJ+ - June 18, 2014 ( 0:38)

  12. The Levant

  13. The Levant

  14. ISIS Controlled Territory The Atlantic (March 2015):

  15. What Does Jihad Actually Mean? TestTube – June 17, 2015

  16. Flags Of Jihad Explained TestTube - August 29, 2014

  17. What is ISIS and What Do they Want In Iraq? TestTube- June 19, 2014 ( 2:35 )

  18. Understanding the ISIS Strategy History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Attributed to Samuel Clements (1835-1910)

  19. Vietnam: In Search of a Strategy In Retrospect

  20. North Vietnamese Strategy What was the North Vietnamese strategy?

  21. North Vietnamese Strategy Viet Minh Strategy Strategy of Revolutionary War Objective: The seizure of power in a nation-state … … by any means possible Characteristics: • Integrated military conflict and political conflict • War on multiple fronts • Geographical • Programmatic … just as they used against the French in the First Indochina War!

  22. Strategy of Revolutionary War Phase I: Targeted state stronger militarily • Revolutionaries avoid combat • Guerrilla war: raids, ambushes, sabotage, terrorism • Political conflict predominant Phase II: Rough military parity • Combined guerrilla and conventional war • Military and political conflict equally important Phase III: Revolution stronger than targeted state • Revolutionary forces go to totally conventional war • “General Offensive” linked to political “Great Uprising”

  23. “Mosaic War”- South Vietnam 1967-68 Conventional War Guerrilla/Conventional Guerrilla War

  24. Strategy of Revolutionary War As It Was Applied in Vietnam Timeline 1954-1965: Phase I(political activity with guerrilla warfare) • 1961-1965: Heated Politburo debate on transition 1965-1967: Phase II (combined guerrilla and conventional war) • Increased large unit actions (Ia Drang, Khe Sanh) 1968 (early): Phase III (Tet Offensive) (conventional war) • Large-scale conventional attacks across South Vietnam … • Sparking widespread popular uprisings in support

  25. Strategy of Revolutionary War Analysis US did not recognize and adequately respond to the nature of this strategy and the character of the war • Not totally committed North Vietnam totally committed One country’s limited war = Another country’s total war

  26. The Lessons of History No one starts a war, or rather no one in his senses ought to do so, without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it. Establishing the kind of war on which they are embarking, neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into something that is alien to its nature is the first, the supreme, the most far-reaching act of judgment that the statesman and commander have to make. Clausewitz, On War

  27. Who Supports ISIS? TestTube - November 13, 2014 ( 3:01 )

  28. How Powerful is ISIS? TestTube - February 22, 2015 ( 3:07 )

  29. Why Is ISIS So Good At Recruiting? TestTube - March 14, 2015 - 2:04 ( 2:04 )

  30. Why Are Women Joining ISIS? TestTube - October 30, 2014 ( 2:56 )

  31. Can We Fight ISIS on the Internet? TestTube - September 24, 2014 ( 3:52 )

  32. 'Islamic State are afraid to see women with guns' BBC News – September 5, 2014 ( 3:56 )

  33. History, Geopolitics and International Affairs