The Islamic State Kingdom in Syria

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Five years of civil war and bloodshed have led to the collapse of the Syrian
state and the shattering of its social mosaic. The Islamic State (ISIS) burst
forth from the ruins – first of Iraq, then of Syria – to assume power and
fill the vacuum left behind by crumbling states. In eastern Syria, which it
occupied in the summer of 2014, the Islamic State serves as an effective
alternative to the Syrian state institutions that have since disappeared. The
entity aims to seize western areas of the country if and when the Syrian
regime collapses – an outcome that is virtually assured, as it appears as
though none of the rebel groups active in western Syria have the power to
stop this from happening.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Islamic State
Subtitle of host publicationHow Viable Is It?
EditorsYoram Schweitzer, Omer Einav
Place of PublicationTel Aviv
PublisherInstitute for National Security Studies
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-965-7425-86-2
StatePublished - 2016


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