July 19-22, 2017
The horrific immolation of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh prompted immediate condemnation from the US and its campaign allies in the global coalition to defeat ISIS, with many analysts claiming that Kasasbeh’s execution, while brutal, had finally brought a key Arab ally, Jordan, to the fore. Within days, Jordan delivered promises of an “all-out” campaign against ISIS with more than 50 airstrikes targeting militant positions in Iraq. Despite this sudden surge against ISIS, Brian Michael Jenkins cautions that beheadings, immolation, and other such brutality is calculated to achieve the maximum end goals of extremist groups.
Read more from Brian Michael Jenkins in The Hill here.