In past few months a new threat to the world has emerged in the form of ISIS. ISIS stands for Islamic State for Iraq and Syria. The rise of the ISIS militant group has the potential to destabilize and aggravate the already fragile Middle-east region.
The threat of ISIS and its crystal clear intention to turn the region into an Islamic Caliphate with brute and inhuman killings of innocent people, has once again led to formation of US-led allies to counter this immediate threat. The formation of US-led allies is somewhat reminiscent of launch of Operation Infinite Justice by US in Af-Pak border after the 9/11 attack and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq in 2003.
But the biggest question arises, Will the Middle-east region, rich in oil, get stabilized and will the world get rid of ISIS threat? The answer seems to be Big No. The reason being the very forces that were responsible for the rise of ISIS have once again colluded in the name of establishing peace in the region. The result would be far worse and might give fillip to ongoing sectarian violence and civil war in the region.
Further US and its allies not collaborating with Iran and Syria in the region, which have significant Shiite population, means that the strategy to counter ISIS threat is faulty at the onset.
The reason to collaborate with Syria and Iran mainly arises from the fact that, it is the enmity between the US, Iran and Syria that gave rise to ISIS by alienating the Sunni populations of the region.
The strategic catastrophe of US invasion of Iraq in 2003 gave birth to al-Qaeda affiliates and other radical groups such as ISIS. The post-invasion instability and involvement of U.S. troops in Iraq provided a suitable environment and excuse for such groups to grow and recruit to fight what they call American imperialism and occupation.
Iran’s support for the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government gave ISIS the tools to exploit the growing disaffection of Iraqi Sunnis, who were left out of the political process. Without Iranian support for its close ally Syria, as well as U.S. involvement in Iraq, it is hard to imagine that ISIS would have found the right landscape in Syria (and later Iraq) to become a monster and a powerful non-state actor.