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Fighting the Symptoms: Why there is a long way to defeat the so-called IS

Article by the Syria/Iraq office on the fight against the Islamic State

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has come under pressure on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. However, the offensives for the reconquest of IS strongholds have proven difficult. Instead, IS has been able to establish itself in various countries in the region and the threat of terrorist attacks in Europe remains high. The international community is fighting the symptoms of IS. Meanwhile, the reasons and causes of the rapid rise to power of the terrorist organisation persist.