Fighting Islamic State: A Call to Action
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There is a desperate need for more comprehensive measures to be adopted in the struggle against the terrorist menace posed by IS. These include such political measures as exploiting IS’s tensions with other Islamist groups like Afghanistan’s Taliban and Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra. These political measures would need to be complemented by economic development in countries like Tunisia, where poverty is one of the drivers for radicalization amongst the youth. Given the resonance of IS’s views amongst Muslims, more effort needs to be placed on a “doctrinal overhaul” of Islam. This is essential if extremism is to be overcome. A more credible military strategy also needs to be adopted.