Incredible, Obama comes up with strategy to rename Mt. McKinley but NO strategy for ISIS or more important affairs of state and nation— Palmer (@Jonijam) 31 августа 2015
The former CIA Director was praised for tackling a bloody and seemingly unstoppable wave of Islamic extremism in Iraq in 2007. Essentially, that approach involved convincing moderate Sunnis that Nouri al-Maliki's government was not the enemy and encouraging them to fight against radical Sunnis.
It worked. The subsequent movement known as Sahwa or the Awakening became key to the US "surge" strategy. Sahwa militias were credited with reducing violence in the country which remained relatively calm until 2014.
Petraeus wants to replicate this strategy in Syria, the Daily Beast reported, citing four anonymous sources familiar with the situation. He has been "quietly urging" US officials to reach out to moderate fighters in al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's offshoot in Syria, and press them to focus on defeating the Islamic State.
No official confirmation or details of the plan have been provided so far but the idea has reportedly fallen on deaf ears in Washington.
The American leadership seems to consider the distinction between moderate al-Qaeda fighters helping in Syria and radical al-Qaeda followers who masterminded 9/11 too subtle to work. It would likely be a tough sell to the public and the administration has other initiatives to champion.
If this pattern persists, will we be working with ISIS 20 years from now to counter the blowback from this Petraeus proposal?— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) 1 сентября 2015