Islamic State Partnerships in West Asia: First Ba’athists, Then Kurds

11 May, 2018    ·   5464

Pieter jan-Dockx illustrates that the Islamic State only participates in alliances when it finds itself in a position of weakness

Pieter-jan Dockx
Pieter-jan Dockx
Researcher, Centre for Internal and Regional Security (IReS)

With its attack on Shia militias, the Islamic State (IS) has recently regained prominence in northern Iraq. However, the brief period between the declared victory over IS and its current re-emergence -roughly December 2017-February 2018 - saw the manifestation of a new insurgent group called the 'White Banners'. Named after its white banner with a lion