West Asia

Misadventure again

Print edition : October 17, 2014

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq, in a video posted on a militant website in July. Photo: AP

Iraqi soldiers and Sunni fighters holding positions on the front line during clashes with I.S. fighters on September 17 outside Dhuluiya, some 75 km north of Baghdad. Photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP

The image posted on a militant website on January 14 shows I.S. fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria. Photo: AP

Barack Obama announces his grandiose plan of “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Islamic State but does not spell out how the motley rebel groups in Syria will be united and made into a force that can take on both the Syrian Army and the entrenched I.S. forces.
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