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Two years or so since Daesh (ISIS) declared itself and its caliphate in parts of northern Syria and Iraq, we are now finally approaching the moment when decisive, coordinated, pervasive and sustained military force will be used against it to destroy its territorial enclaves in several countries.Daesh will be destroyed military without any doubt, but its military abilities and the territorial controls are not the main problem we have with Daesh. We have seen the militant group defeated in the last year in small, localized military attacks against it in different parts of Iraq and Syria (Ain al-Arab or Kobani in Kurdish, Ramadi, Tikrit, Mosul Dam area, Aleppo region), but it continued to grow and attack in other places. If the battles now being launched to defeat Daesh do not include equally coordinated and sustained campaigns to defeat the scourges of unemployment, poverty, political and economic marginalization, vulnerability and despair that afflict large numbers of the 370 million Arab citizens, then we will simply have to do this all over again after 10 years – in the same way as we have had to keep fighting and killing Al-Qaeda personnel after 20 years, without seeing that organization disappear because we did nothing serious to address the underlying issues that gave birth to it.
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