REPORT: New Islamic Threat to The U.S. is 'Worse Than ISIS'
Not too long ago we shared a study from an organization headed up by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the plethora of Islamic jihadist groups operating in Syria and Iraq. We’ve become so myopic in our focus on ISIS, and not really doing anything, that it resembles the maxim, “can’t see the forest for the trees.” There’s a global Islamic jihadist forest, and we continue to focus on a tree here, a tree there. This tactical Cyclops-like vision coming from the strategic level of national security has damaging effects.
As brought to us by the Washington Free Beacon, “Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al Nusra, poses a greater long-term threat to the United States than ISIS, according to a new report.
The policy paper, issued last week by the Institute for the Study of War and the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project, labels al Nusra “much more dangerous” than ISIS and criticizes the Obama administration’s focus on fighting the Islamic State in Syria rather than combating the al-Qaida branch.
“The Jabhat al Nusra model is much more dangerous to the U.S. than the ISIS model in the long run. ISIS has transformed itself into a territorial state with an army. It imposes itself upon the population in that territory by force and with terror,” the report explains. “It does not tolerate dissension even within the narrow bands of Salafism, let alone beyond those bands. It promises governance that it cannot deliver. ISIS presents numerous vulnerabilities that a well-designed campaign against it could exploit.”
The report argues that al Nusra does not suffer from the same “vulnerabilities” as ISIS, namely because it attempts to befriend people rather than force them under its rule and also supplies its partners with military capabilities in an effort to encourage attacks on western nations.
“It provides advanced military capabilities to its partners that make them both dependent on Jabhat al Nusra and grateful to it such that they willingly provide Jabhat al Nusra cover and at least rhetorical protection, even against U.S. activities precisely targeting the elements of Jabhat al Nusra oriented on attacking the West,” the report reads.”