The West's War Against Islamic State: Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq

The West's War Against Islamic State: Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq

by Andrew Mumford


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On the 29th of June 2014 ISIS declared the establishment of a caliphate stretching across territories in Iraq and Syria. In response, Operation Inherent Resolve, a US-led 77 nation coalition, was launched to respond to the threat of Islamic State. The West's War Against Islamic State offers the first history of Operation Inherent Resolve and the West's war against ISIS, from its inception in 2014 to the fall of Raqqa in 2017.

Andrew Mumford offers a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the military campaign deployed against ISIS in Syria and Iraq by examining the West's strategic objectives as well as the conflicting interests of rival powers, namely Russia, Iran and Turkey. By examining individual operational components of this military engagement such as drone usage, cyber warfare, special forces operations and sponsorship of guerrilla forces, this book offers a unique insight into the nature of modern warfare.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788317337
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/11/2021
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,021,591
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Dr Andrew Mumford is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK) where he is Deputy Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. He has written three books on elements of modern war and its political management. His latest book Counter-Insurgency Warfare and the Anglo-American Alliance was published in 2018 with Georgetown University Press. His previous books include The Counter-Insurgency Myth (2011) and Proxy Warfare (2013), and two edited collections. He has acted as a consultant to the UK Ministry of Defence and NATO on issues pertaining to modern warfare.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 The Rise of ISIS and the Creation of the Coalition 9

2 America's War - From 'Degrade and Destroy' to the 'Defeat' of ISIS 21

3 The Proxy Wars For and Against ISIS 35

4 On the Ground and in the Air - Assessing the Special Forces Operations, Local Force Training Missions, and Aerial Campaign Against ISIS 53

5 Fighting ISIS By Other Means - The Cyber and Finance War 67

6 The Alternative War: Russia, Iran, and Turkey Against ISIS 81

Conclusion: Operation Inherent Resolve and the Future of ISIS 101

Notes 113

Bibliography 147

Index 173

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