“The concern [over Shi’a militias] is what happens after the battle. Will there be sectarian violence?… Or will there be a relatively inclusive kind of governance and even-handed governance? If it’s the latter, that will bode well for the future. If it’s the former, these will be big problems.”
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ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis McFate talks with WSJLive's Mary Kissel about ISIS intentions. She says that ISIS is already developing and executing its strategy in Europe and that involves "terrorist networks and recruiting networks that can flow in reverse."
If America's experience in Iraq offers any single, unambiguous lesson, it is the folly of just walking away. The United States must not repeat this mistake in Afghanistan. Isolation and disengagement have severely damaged American credibility and security, as can be seen most dramatically in Ukraine today.