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A summary of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) crisis by Zack Beauchamp (I may also add other informational sources suggested):
17 things about ISIS and Iraq you need to know
How the US, its allies, and its enemies all made ISIS possible.
Summarizing the second article:
- The Sunni-Shia conflict is the core of ISIS.
- Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ran a Shia regime oppressive to Sunni Muslims, who once held power when Saddam Hussein ruled.
- The US War in Iraq sparked the Sunni-Shia civil war, leaving al-Qaeda, which ISIS was formerly a part of, to flourish.
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was more focused on punishing more moderate rebels, and thus ISIS became the strongest rebel force out of the civil war.
- Iran, as a Shia nation, was hugely supportive of Maliki and Assad, unintentionally fueling Sunni resentment.
- Gulf nations Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait funded ISIS with oil money. ISIS now makes it money off oil racketeering.
So in briefer words, short-sighted realpolitik ends up creating your own enemy. Somehow, no one has managed to learn this lesson after everything Cold War mentality spawned.