Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Opinion: Understanding the nature of Islamic State is key to formulate appropriate responses

Tue Oct 14 11:06:00 BST 2014

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IS is the successor to ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria).


Since news emerged this summer of the kidnapping and brutal killing of US journalist James Foley it’s been hard to move for stories of ‘Islamic State’ (IS) in the media.

The spread of IS across Iraq and Syria has mobilised many states into targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, whilst reports continue to emerge of IS threats and the capture of more Westerners in the region.

But what are the group’s aims and motives and what can be done to curtail its recent advances, including most recently in the city of Kobane on the Syria-Turkey border?

We asked current PhD student Mattia Cacciatori for his thoughts in this explainer.

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