Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

TitleCounter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsN.N.
Subtitle / Series TitleSpecial Report N°3
Pagination27pp.
InstitutionInternational Crisis Group
CityBrussels
Abstract

In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set to make counter-terrorism a centrepiece of his foreign policy. His administration’s determination against groups that plot to kill Americans is understandable, but it should be careful when fighting jihadists not to play into their hands. The risks include angering local populations whose support is critical, picking untimely or counter-productive fights and neglecting the vital role diplomacy and foreign aid must play in national security policy. Most importantly, aggressive counter-terrorism operations should not inadvertently fuel other conflicts and deepen the disorder that both ISIS and al-Qaeda exploit.

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