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dc.contributor.advisorFreeman, Michael
dc.contributor.advisorLee, Doowan
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Jonathan S.
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:33:23Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:33:23Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49330
dc.description.abstractAt the time of the U.S. forces' withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011, the Islamic State was on the brink of defeat. With roughly 700 members remaining, the movement initiated a well-designed and rigorously executed revolutionary campaign, first in Iraq and then Syria. By June of 2014, a movement once dismissed as junior varsity was dominating eastern Syria and routing divisions of the Iraqi Army. This thesis develops a model of revolutionary growth and employs it as a tool to evaluate the Islamic State's campaign from 2011 through 2014. This evaluation reveals the significance and logic of Islamic State car bomb attacks against the Iraqi Security Forces and Shia civilians. The analysis explains how and why the Islamic State forges alliances and eliminates rival movements and tribal organizations. This evaluation illuminates the Islamic State's internal structure and methodology for governing territory to support further growth. This thesis allows the reader to form a better understanding of the integrated strategy of the Islamic State, so as to be better prepared to contribute to current efforts to combat the movement--in Iraq, Syria, and other troubled nations.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/harbingersofcali1094549330
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleHarbingers of the caliphate: Islamic State revolutionary actions 2011-2014en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderWhiteside, Craig
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorIslamic Stateen_US
dc.subject.authorIraqen_US
dc.subject.authorSyriaen_US
dc.subject.authorinsurgencyen_US
dc.subject.authorterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorcounter-terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorcounter-insurgencyen_US
dc.subject.authorrevolutionsen_US
dc.subject.authorunconventional warfareen_US
dc.subject.authorjihadist movementsen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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