YEMEN AND US DISAGREE ON COUNTER-JIHADIST STRATEGY
Thought-provoking New York Times article. Frank Kitson’s counter-insurgency strategy was always to try to turn captured insurgents to make them work against their old partners. US counter-terrorist strategists have always been into “punishment” as the only acceptable strategy.
Describes ” al hiwar al fikri”: an intellectual dialogue to deradicalise jihadists, with religious scholars arguing with them that Islam, properly understood does not condone terrorism. This approach has been taken up in many parts of the world. The article does not present the approach as a panacea, presents criticisms of it and discusses the emergence of a new generation of younger jihadists, less susceptible to the approach.
Well worth a read.