Fighting between the Iraqi government and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intensified over the weekend, as ISIS apparently captured the center of the city of Ramadi west of Baghdad. Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province, and the Iraqi government had thought it was making progress in driving ISIS from the area.
At the same time, US Special Operations forces announced on Saturday that an operation in Syria had resulted in the killing of Abu Sayyaf, the Chief Financial Officer and second in command of ISIS. The operation also resulted in securing several prisoners and “reams” of data on ISIS’s financial operations.
What do you think? What strategy might be successful in countering the growing influence and reach of ISIS in the region? Should the United States use its military in support of operations? Or should it leave primary responsibility for dealing with ISIS to regional actors? What would you advise?