Political Risk

Using Violence and Persuasion, ISIS Makes Political Gains

“Days after seizing the Syrian desert city of Palmyra, Islamic State militants blew up the notorious Tadmur Prison there, long used by the Syrian government to detain and torture political prisoners. The demolition was part of the extremist group’s strategy to position itself as the champion of Sunni Muslims who feel besieged by the Shiite-backed governments in Syria and Iraq.”

Source: Using Violence and Persuasion, ISIS Makes Political Gains – NYTimes.com

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