Ruth Sherlock

The more we bomb Isis, the stronger they become

Isis can’t be seen as a single entity; as one cohesive army. The reality is that probably only a small percentage of the group are the types that pose a real threat to the West. Only a tiny minority of its members in the Middle East, at this stage, are hardline ideologues with any serious intent to carry out attacks in America or Europe.

Most members of Isis have joined more out of pragmatism than fervour.

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