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Iran and investment in the survival of Daesh

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The geographical area occupied by Daesh is diminishing, according to the Pentagon, but the organisation itself will not disappear. The US Secretary of State has told his counterparts from 75 countries participating in the “international coalition” that the war on Daesh is not yet over.

This is the same conclusion that was reached regarding the war on Al-Qaeda. After being pursued for many years in the caves of Tora Bora and across Afghanistan, the group is emerging in Pakistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali, Niger and elsewhere. The only refuge its leaders have found is in Iran.

Ever since Daesh was born of Al-Qaeda, it has exceeded the capabilities of its parent body in several areas, including external recruitment as well as in the inevitable “post-Daesh” phase. It has maintained weapon stores and sleeper cells, and searched for safe havens so that its members can regroup. Hence, we hear warnings about Daesh II on the horizon.

The major combat operations suggested that the “caliphate” had been eliminated and greatly weakened. While Daesh fighters believed that they were defending the “Islamic State”, they destroyed dozens of towns and cities of significance to the Muslims of Iraq and Syria on economic, scientific and infrastructure levels.

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