The Military Structure Of ISIS Explained

In recent months, descriptions of ISIS have shifted from calling them a terrorist organization, to an entirely different criminal group The hierarchy and operations of ISIS are distinctly unique from groups like Al-Qaeda or the Taliban

So, how is ISIS organized? Well, a traditional terrorist group like al-Qaeda is a loosely connected network of terrorist cells There are usually only a few hundred core members They primarily attack civilians, avoid direct military engagements, and relinquish territory as they move However, ISIS is a lot more like an unestablished state with significant armed forces They have as many as 30,000 fighters controlling territory in Iraq and Syria

They are financially self-sufficient, and operate like a conventional army In short, ISIS is a much more complicated problem than what many make it out to be In January 2014, a top ISIS strategist was killed, and plans concerning the group’s organization were discovered Both Der Spiegel and the terrorism research center, TRAC report that the basic framework of ISIS is similar to a pyramid dictatorship At the top is the caliphate leader and final decision maker, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

He is considered a representative of Islam’s prophet Baghdadi delegates to his cabinet, which runs the military, judicial system, intelligence services, public relations and administrative duties Additionally, the caliphate leader has private deputies, who oversee more regional, governmental issues The deputies are in charge of a number of ISIS governors who control Iraqi and Syrian territory Baghdadi also controls a separate “war office”, which deals with the logistics of their military

Most of those high ranking members are former Saddam Hussein military officers A major part of the Islamic State’s plan is to institute education, healthcare, and infrastructure, some of which they have already started doing It is clear that referring to themselves as a “state” is not simply an attempt at gaining legitimacy, but a longstanding goal In some captured cities there are even sharia police, who look out for sinful behavior Despite massive attempts by international forces to stop the spread of ISIS, the group continues to be self-sufficient and determined to establish a religious state

President Barack Obama has maintained that ISIS is, in fact, a terrorist organization However, State department officials have testified that the group has become a “full blown army” The fight for dominance in the Middle East is a complex and relatively new type of struggle Whether opposing countries are ready to deal with that threat is yet to be seen

ISIS has a special group of shock troops that are prone to truly horrific combat tactics To learn about this group, take a look at the video up top from Seeker Daily Or for a closer look at the war on ISIS, check out our full playlist below  Thanks for watching TestTube News! Don’t forget to subscribe

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