Today’s headlines should be 2″ tall: ISIL is gone from Iraq! The US efforts have paid off. The war for Raqqa in Syria is underway.
Questions remain for both Iraq and its allies: How to rebuild Iraq so militants will never again be able to seize a city? More importantly, how the leaders in Iraq can build unity within the country, which overcomes cultural and religious differences.
When ISIL is defeated in Syria, the same questions will remain. The human toll for both the civil war within Syria and the war with ISIL will be tragic.
No one believes that this will be the end of jhadists. ISIL has shown to other extremists a new way to extend their extremist philosophy. The mode of operation are: (1) Develop an army capable of surprise attacks and control of targeted cities (2) Profit in any way possible from the occupation and (3) Recruit others to join the movement. In Syria, ISIL was operating oil fields and selling the oil.
Libya has the potential to be as bad as Syria. The big prize is the oil. We have already seen the violence in the Philippines due to extremists. Indonesia and Malaysia are likely next targets. In Africa, the Boko Haram in Nigeria and the al Shabaab in Kenya and Somalia, are very much along the lines of ISIL.
Countries in central Africa, such as the Sudan and South Sudan have terrorist organization and a high potential to be the next Syria. From extremists point of view, an ideal target is where they can obtain local support or minimal resistance, control large regions of the country and profit from their occupation. The last thing we need in the world, is a terrorist base located in central Africa.
In the next week, I will be posting information on South Sudan, one of the newest and poorest countries in central Africa.