isis14Quentin de Pimodan
(Author based in the Middle East)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 8 September 2014

Al Baghdadi's major strategic failure has been his choice of the Fertile Crescent as the region for the establishment of his Khilafa. His dream of reestablishing a Sunni caliphate with roots in Iraq and Syria will eventually be crushed by the field's realities and only exposes his own lack of knowledge about the region. Not that a Sunni leadership would be impossible to carry on the lands of the ancient Omayyad and Abbasid's caliphates , but rather the intransigence and intolerance he, and his followers are using in order to realize it..... Read more