Why is ISIS undefeatable?


Members of the Islam State of Iraq and Shaam (Isis) with senior commander Abu Waheeb

The Paris attacks and ISIS threats against EU states and the USA, are clear signs that the war against ISIS has entered a new stage.

People in Europe have started to feel fear. How did ISIS come into being? Where are its sources of power and who is supporting it? No one has a clear answer to these questions. But there is a history of disasters in the Middle East paving the way for extremist groups including ISIS to take over. It seems that they are ready to transmit the bloodshed in the Middle East to the West.

There is no doubt ISIS is one of the richest and most powerful terrorist organizations in the world. Its funding comes from various extortion schemes in the territories it controls including selling oil, donations from individuals in rich Arab countries and selling men and woman as slaves. Its strategy is based on terror and atrocity. They have ruined infrastructure wherever they have occupied and have killed thousands of civilians. However, after losing ground in Iraq and Syria, ISIS is trying to send its fighters to Europe. The Paris attacks which are said to have been the most complex plot against the west since 9/11, mark a shift in ISIS strategy. They are now projecting their terror further to motivate and inspire their members and exacting revenge for bombing attacks  by France.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud was planning a further terror attack on Paris, prosecutors believe Photograph: Dabiq/MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM)

It may be that ISIS stops its strategy of expansion in Iraq and Syria while to attempts to recruit more fighters so they can defend the territories they have  occupied more easily.

The danger is ISIS attacks in Europe may inspire would-be terrorists around the world and even if ISIS is defeated on the ground, the outcome could be that another terrorist group rises out of the its ruins.