[Marxism] Fwd: Isis may be weakened by co-ordinated attacks but it is far from being overcome | Voices | The Independent

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 3 07:04:17 MST 2016

(Although the prose is rather tortured ("did not always have negative 
effects"), Patrick Cockburn is essentially saying that the USA and 
Russia are partners in bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria.)

Russian intervention damaged Isis and the other jihadi groups in another 
way: it energised US military action in Iraq and Syria. Washington made 
it clear that it did not intend to  co-operate with Russia to destroy 
Isis. But superpower rivalry in the Cold War did not always have 
negative effects and the US has increased the weight of its air strikes 
against Isis in support, primarily, of the Iraqi army and the Syrian and 
Iraqi Kurds. In addition, air strikes – combined with the fall in the 
price of oil – have largely destroyed the Isis oil economy, once one of 
its main sources of revenue.


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