Reawakening Threats: The Reemergence of Islamic State Amid Global Distractions


By: LTC René Berendsen, NLD Army (CSAG/CCJ5), Lt Col Richard Pecinka, CZE AF (CSAG/CCJ5), and MAJ Felix Badut, ROU Army (CSAG/CCJ5)


05 April 2024

Subject: “Reawakening Threats: The Reemergence of Islamic State Amid Global Distractions.”

Purpose: This paper examines the reemergence of Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East. IS continues its recruiting efforts, resulting in a steady trend of malign activities in the region, while the coalition is pressured to withdraw its forces and is preoccupied with recent developments in the AOR and elsewhere (e.g., Israel-Hamas, Red Sea-Houthis, Russia-Ukraine).

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The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of a number of international officers within the Combined Strategic Analysis Group (CSAG) and do not necessarily reflect the views of United States Central Command, not of the nations represented within the CSAG or any other governmental agency.