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Lt. Col. Mann: Air, Drone Strikes Alone Play Right Into ISIS Narrative

By    |   Friday, 20 Feb 2015 10:46 AM

A lack of understanding about the Islamic State's true objective is contributing to the violent terror group's recruiting efforts, retired Army Lt. Col. D. Scott Mann said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"Very few people at the policy or politician level actually understand what ISIS' true objectives are with the global caliphate and the narrative that they're pushing out into the most remote villages and shantytowns," said Mann, founder and CEO of The Stability Institute.

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"Their narrative is that Islam is under attack by the West and it's the duty of every Muslim to defend it. That narrative resonates because it has a historical tie back to the re-emergence of Islam and it's resonating and we're not even tracking that and we're playing into the narrative hook, line, and sinker by doing these intermittent airstrikes and these half-hearted drone strikes.

"It actually fuels the narrative because there's no presence there locally for us to compete with that narrative in those villages and communities. The only thing they see is a drone strike and it just plays right into that."

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In Denmark, for example, the slain gunman behind two deadly shooting attacks in Copenhagen last weekend was a gangster converted to Islam in prison and radicalized online, Mann said.

"He took his allegiance to ISIS right before he did the shootings and his brothers collectively held up the index finger of ISIS in a silent wake to him where he was slain," Mann said. "This thing is spreading and we're not even tracking the narrative they're using to do it."

In order to defeat the enemy, the Obama administration needs to identify them specifically as Islamic violent extremists, according to Mann, and understand how they operate.

The enemy "goes into under-governed, fragile states that are beyond the reach of the government and he exploits tribal societies from the bottom up," Mann explained. "We've got to get into these local areas.

"Yes, we have to target these guys, yes, we have to kill them and take them off the battlefield, but we have to go in and find locals who are already resisting and who are willing to resist. There are a lot of them out there, but we've got to take the political risk by getting our Green Berets and other advisers out there. Live and work among these people so that we can push ISIS out from the bottom up."

ISIS' greatest fear, he continued, is "being irrelevant.'
 
"When locals push them out and don't want them around, they're just thugs and that's how we beat these guys," Mann said. "Bottom up, one village at a time. It's going to take some time but we've done it before and we can absolutely do it. We've just got to change how we operate.

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