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Foundations of the Islamic State : management, money, and terror in Iraq, 2005-2010

Author: Patrick B Johnston; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.),; Rand Corporation,
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND Corporation, [2016] ©2016
Series: Research report (Rand Corporation), RR-1192-DARPA.
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"Foundations of the Islamic State: Management, Money, and Terror in Iraq, 2005-2010 draws from more than 140 recently declassified documents to present a comprehensive examination of the organization, territorial designs, management, personnel policies, and finances of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and al-Qa'ida in Iraq (AQI), both predecessors of the Islamic State. These records paint a clear picture of ISI  Read more...
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Johnston, Patrick B.
Foundations of the Islamic State.
©2016
(DLC) 2017287417
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick B Johnston; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.),; Rand Corporation,
ISBN: 9780833091819 0833091816
OCLC Number: 950014125
Notes: "May 18, 2016"--Table of contents page.
Series from web site.
"National Defense Research Institute."
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 317 pages) : color illustrations, color maps, color charts.
Contents: Introduction --
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Iraq War --
The organizational economics of insurgency and terrorism --
Organizing insurgency and terrorism in Iraq --
Foreign fighters, human capital, and terrorism in Iraq --
Islamic State of Iraq compensation --
The fates of terrorists : tracking militants' "career paths" --
Assessing the Islamic State of Iraq's finances : the governance dimension --
Assessing the Islamic State of Iraq's finances : central activities and financial control --
Conclusions and implications.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation), RR-1192-DARPA.
Other Titles: Management, money, and terror in Iraq, 2005-2010
Responsibility: Patrick B. Johnston, Jacob N. Shapiro, Howard J. Shatz, Benjamin Bahney, Danielle F. Jung, Patrick K. Ryan, Jonathan Wallace.

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"Foundations of the Islamic State: Management, Money, and Terror in Iraq, 2005-2010 draws from more than 140 recently declassified documents to present a comprehensive examination of the organization, territorial designs, management, personnel policies, and finances of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and al-Qa'ida in Iraq (AQI), both predecessors of the Islamic State. These records paint a clear picture of ISI practices and standard operating procedures. Leadership consciously designed the organization not just to fight but also to build an Islamic state governed by the laws dictated by its strict Islamist ideology. ISI was a vertically integrated organization with a central management structure and functional bureaus. It sought to replicate these structures at multiple lower geographic levels across territory. Each geographic unit had substantial autonomy to pursue the group's strategic objectives but was required to send frequent reports to the group's leadership; the central organization used these reports to inform decisions and provide strategic guidance. ISI paid its personnel a wage that would draw true believers rather than opportunists; trained and allocated its membership with an eye toward group effectiveness; raised revenues locally through diversified sources; and was able to maintain itself, albeit at much reduced strength, in the face of a withering counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategy put in place by its opponents, starting in late 2006. An analysis of the Islamic State predecessor groups is more than a historical recounting. The lessons from examining the group's history are useful for setting expectations about the strengths and vulnerabilities of the Islamic State and its ability to combat its opponents, designing a coordinated and effective campaign against it, and understanding why it might be able to survive such an effort and sustain itself in the future, albeit perhaps at a lower level of threat. Defeating the Islamic State will require persistence. The record of counter-ISI operations from 2006 through 2010 shows that military action and political accommodation can work together to degrade the group substantially, if not defeat it"--Publisher's web site.

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