Kristen Kao

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A man, blindfolded and handcuffed, kneels on the ground between two members of the Iraqi security forces after being accused of having links to the Islamic State group and being detained, on Nov. 8. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post)

Last month, President Trump claimed the defeat of the Islamic State as justification for his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. In 2014, at the height of its reign, the Sunni insurgent group governed an estimated 10 million people and 34,000 square miles of territory.

The Islamic State no longer controls significant territory in Iraq and Syria. But during a visit to Baghdad in December, the question being asked by Iraqi government officials was not if the Islamic State is making a comeback, but how soon the group will again be strong enough to recapture and hold territory.

How the Iraqi government is fueling anger

In Iraq, the government’s harsh counterterrorism strategy, which is widely perceived as collectively punishing the Sunnis, is generating new grievances that could increase local support for an Islamic State 2.0.…  Seguir leyendo »

On Aug. 15, the Islamist National Alliance for Reform won a surprising number of seats in Jordan’s local elections, including the presidency of three municipalities. Their success mirrored that of Morocco’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which won control of all of Morocco’s major cities, in the 2015 local elections. While many analysts have focused on the declining influence of Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia, these local electoral gains tell a different story.

However, we can neither assume Islamists’ inevitable success at the local level or dismiss their future prospects. Jordanian Islamists still polled poorly in Amman, Jordan’s capital and home to more than 50 percent of the country’s population.…  Seguir leyendo »