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You Don’t Win Hearts and Minds, You Rent Them – Reigniting Sunni Tribes Against ISIS

November 17, 2014 - 1:59pm

In 2008, Americans lauded the great success of ‘The Surge’ - implementation of broad new counterinsurgency doctrine that “Won The Hearts and Minds” of Iraqis, particularly disaffected Sunnis strewn throughout Western Iraq.  “Winning Hearts and Minds”, so we were told, hinged on the “Sunni Awakening”, where Americans would partner with disenfranchised Sunnis on shared goals - defeating jihadi insurgents and ensuring the inclusion of Sunnis in Iraq’s new Shia dominated... Read more... Tags: Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, iraq, Syria, Proxies, Hearts and Minds, Renting Hearts and Minds

Propaganda Wars: Militant Islam versus the Islamic State in Syria

October 28, 2014 - 10:15am

In the past two and a half years, the uneven progress of armed rebellion against the Syrian regime has produced rebel infighting. Militant Sunni Muslim groups evolved new strategies to gain and control resources to keep the fighting going, and in doing so, also developed alternative visions and authority structures as individual fighters both in Syria and from outside sought to join whichever group was best able to absorb them. The global jihadi movement, which has come to... Read more... Tags: Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra, foreign fighters, Infighting