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Iraq’s Top Cleric Is Becoming Its Political Savior
Syrian War Daily – 22nd of October 2018
This is part of why it bothers me when people always try to view IS through the lens of regional and sociological factors, and act like they are just another terror group. They have been extremely cunning and effective in how they operate. They are able to not only exploit favorable conditions but create them as well. Denying them agency is a huge mistake.
IS and its predecessors fought for 15 years. They have to be good at it with such an amount of training.
Honestly, I was expecting a bit more from this "guide," coming from a group that studies tactics for a job, but meh. Suprised they only seemed to focus on Raqqa and Mosul. There's a bit of a mention of Yarmouk and how their tactics differed there, but there's so many other battles they could have studied that all had their own quirks. Al Bab, Manbij, Marawi, Fallujah.
A pretty basic overview, probably not much you didn't know if you follow this sub.
Interestingly they mention that Daesh tended to operate in groups in 6 in Mosul and Raqqa. In Manbij at least, from what we could tell, they operated in groups of 4.