Dr. Abboud Assesses ISIL Propaganda on Al Jazeera

August 7, 2015

By Samer Abboud, Salah Nasrawi, Muhammed Abu Rumman and Riad Kahwaji for Al Jazeera published June 18, 2015

Source: Why the threat of ISIL is exaggerated

Dr. Samer Abboud, associate professor of international studies, participated in a roundtable discussing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also referred to as ISIS or the Islamic State.

Abboud and other analysts say the group's ability to sustain its “nation state” remains in doubt, providing an assessment of the group's sensationalist propaganda machine.

ISIL is merely one of many armed groups vying for territorial control of Syria. Yet, they are neither the most militarily powerful armed group nor do they control the major population centers...Syria's fragmentation into smaller enclaves reflects the balance of military power between the various armed groups...ISIL's advances must be contextualised within these broader patterns.

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