Global iGuerilla Update

Adapt or Die

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A pair of top experts have stated that, “ISIS’s operating culture is at hyper-speed; the United States is at slow-speed” and ISIS “will fill every bit of that vacuum they find” in Iraq, Syria and increasingly in North Africa.

Meanwhile, Islamic State attacked two Huthi rebel leaders in the Yemen on June 29 that is said to have killed at least 28 people, including eight women. They used a car bomb to target the Faycal and Hamid Jayache during a gathering to mourn the death of a family member.

An IS online post stated that it organized the attack on the “Shi’ite nest” in the Yemeni capital.

A key strength of the iGuerilla is adaptation and innovation. Their flattened structure coupled with decentralized and distributed operations enables local units to adopt novel approaches unhindered by a vertical ‘mother-may-I’ approval chain. To compete, their opponents will need to ‘out adapt’ them using similarly empowered small units. The US pioneered this in Mosul in 2006 and our allies need to learn how to do it as well—and fast.

IS has taken some hits lately and the adaptation seems to be to inflame the already supercharged sectarian divide with the Shia. It’s a sure way to fire up the Sunni Islamist Radicals. The Syrian and Iraqi governments are Shia; the Yemeni Houthi rebels are Shia; and all are sponsored by Shia Iran.

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