Thursday, March 19, 2015
The ideological and strategic priorities for the so-called Islamic State.
Achieving and preserving statehood, of which governance is a critical component, are ideological and strategic priorities for Islamic State group (ISG). It has shown some governance capabilities in its self-declared 'caliphate', establishing extensive government systems in particular in Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, and in towns such as Deir al-Zour and Ramadi. However, the demands of governing a territory of 8 million people, providing it with a minimum level of public services and law and order, present weaknesses that the international coalition is seeking to exploit.