February 7, 2018

TSC IntelBrief: The Islamic State’s Long Goodbye

firefighters rest after trying to extinguish burning oil wells, near Mosul, Iraq (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) 
  • A February 4 article by the Washington Post examined the environmental damage caused by the Islamic State.
  • The levels of physical and mental illness resulting from environmental warfare are shockingly high.
  • As the group collapses territorially, the scope of its damage across Iraq and Syria will become overwhelming, leaving decimated cities and polluted landscapes in its wake.
  • Of concern is the likely lack of funds that will cripple infrastructure reconstruction and societal rehabilitation, ensuring continued strife.