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Mideast Expert Rabil: Communicate — But Don't Cooperate — With Iran

By    |   Monday, 22 Sep 2014 01:25 PM

Trying to reach a diplomatic resolution with the Islamic State (ISIS) would be a waste of time, Middle East expert Robert Rabil said Monday on "America’s Forum."

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"Diplomacy with the Salafi jihadis is futile," Rabil said, using a term that refers to generally violent fundamentalist Muslims. "It's not going to take you anywhere. Now, with the other leaders of the Muslim world, yes, I strongly believe in diplomacy. But with them, given their ideology as a Salafi jihadi, given their fanaticism and fundamentalism and the ways they perceive and explain their own view of religion, I don't think that diplomacy will take you anywhere."

ISIS is using violence to appeal to a wide swath of people in the Muslim world or in the West, who want to present themselves as a "potent force" to be reckoned with, Rabil said.

He’s confident that U.S. intelligence will have gathered enough information to create a "sober profile" of the various factions in Syria, information that will help guard against the Americans arming Syrian rebels who might want to harm the U.S.

It would behoove the national interests of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to cooperate with the United States, he added. "If you bring that coalition today and we lead that effort, you could integrate and, sooner than later, destroy ISIS."

He advised that the U.S. not cooperate with Iran militarily but at least communicate with them about logistics on the ground.

"It's not about cooperating with Iran, it's about the extent to which we cooperate with Iran and let me take you back a little bit," Rabil said. "When we went into Afghanistan, we had a certain tacit agreement. During the surge in Iraq, before, during, and after, we communicated with Iran and let's not forget that during Maliki's government, we sat down with the Iranians in Maliki's office.

"So hear myself when I speak about Iran and about this, no, I am against a military cooperation with Iran, but let's be pragmatists now. If you are going to hit ISIS, don't you think that you are going to send certain information for the Iranians so as to prevent a headlong clash with the Iranians?," Rabil said. "So this is logical. So mainly what I see, let's do our job and let the Iranians do their own. There is no military cooperation, but on the other hand, what we did in Afghanistan and what we did in Iraq with them, let's replicate that without affecting the nuclear negotiation and without affecting our position vis-à-vis Iran and vis-à-vis our allies in the Middle East."

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Trying to reach a diplomatic resolution with the Islamic State (ISIS) would be a waste of time, Middle East expert Robert Rabil said Monday on "America's Forum." "Diplomacy with the Salafi jihadis is futile," Rabil said, using a term that refers to generally violent...
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