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How ISIS Fights: Military Tactics in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt

Omar Ashour


How can a widely hated, massively outnumbered and ludicrously outgunned organisation expands to occupy over 120 cities, towns and villages from the Southern Philippines to Western Libya? How can it endure and survive a military coalition of over 150 armed state and nonstate actors? How did ISIS/IS and their predecessors fight? And how can we account for their combat effectiveness? This book describes and analyses how ISIS/IS fights in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. It analyses the military-making of ISIS/IS and their predecessors. The analysis focuses on 17 urban battles in Fallujah, Mosul, Ram ... More

Keywords: Terrorism, Combat effectiveness, Guerrilla warfare, Islamic State, Jihadism, Jihad, Military effectiveness, Military strategy, Insurgency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474438216
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omar Ashour, author
The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies