Violence and Terror – A Comprehensive Solution for Stopping Daesh

PAFI President Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari was invited to speak at a conference on U.S. and European policy in Iraq in Brussels on 15 June 2015.

The event, hosted by Belgian think tank Friends of Europe, examined potential solutions to the terror and violence being unleashed by Daesh, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS. The group had been thought to be in retreat, but its latest advances have prompted a reassessment, and Washington has begun to send additional military trainers to help the Iraqi government.

Following recent gains by ISIS in western Iraq, calls have increased for a different strategy moving forward. “The problem started in 2003, when people were expecting that life would change for the better. But it got worse,” al-Dhari noted in regard to the initial missteps by Western forces.

The current aerial bombardment by international coalition forces has proven to be ineffective against ISIS as the Iraqi National Army has refused to put up a fight in many occasions. The fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, to ISIS forces was seen as a tremendous failure of the Baghdad government’s strategy to combat ISIS.

“We are seeing that terrorism is increasing, which shows that the current way of treating the problem in Iraq is the wrong way,” said al-Dhari.

Below you can listen to an audio recording of the event as well as view a photo gallery.