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Collecting information on the enemy is vital to its defeat.

Wielding Intelligence as a Weapon

July 2016, Number 07.03

“The Islamic State (IS) is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state containing almost all governing elements. Over the past three years, since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the IS developed from an extremist fringe and marginal faction participating in the civil war to become the strongest, most ferocious, best-financed and best-armed militia in the religious and ethnic wars waged today in Syria and Iraq. Many experts suggest this organization is neither Islamic nor a state. I consider it a guerrilla organization using mainly terrorist methods.

The Middle East, as outlined by the World War I-era Sykes-Picot agreement, has begun to disintegrate, and the IS does not seem like a passing phase. The structures being established indicate that, even if the actual leaders of the IS are killed, the organization has created a succession procedure that will allow it to survive, just as al-Qaida managed to outlast the death of leader Osama bin Laden. Killing the leadership of the IS is not the best method because there are many replacements, and the organization is embedded in the Sunni population. Uprooting the IS will be long and arduous...”

Excerpt from József Kis-Benedek,“Wielding Intelligence as a Weapon,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 3, 2016: 52-55.

Col. (Ret.) József Kis-Benedek, Ph.D. is a Professor at the National University of Public Service in Hungary.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.