TRADOC G-2 Operational Environment
Operational Environment and Threat Analysis Directorate
TTR ISIL v1.6 February 20…
TTR ISIL v1.6 February 2016
ISIL is an evolution of an insurgent group that has changed its name to reflect an increasing geographic vision.
ISIL’s advantage to date has been an increasingly large number of fighters and deep cash reserves to fund its operations. This provides greater capacity to organize, train, and equip like a military organization.
ISIL executes military tactics to the best of its capability. This is a greater capability than that shown by previous insurgencies in the area, but still not best practice in a number of warfighting functions and key tasks.
High value targets for ISIL have included such infrastructure as dams and oil refineries, which also contribute to its cash flow.
Social media use has reached a new level of refinement.
ISIL’s rapid mobility, due to control of key lines of communication (LOCs) in Eastern Syria, is a key strength of the group.
ISIL’s command and control is superior to most other insurgent groups in Iraq and Syria.
ISIL’s command and control is being negatively impacted by coalition airstrikes; however, it has developed techniques such as tunnels to adapt.*
Fluctuations and reductions in revenue sources, such as oil, have been disruptive.
ISIL is escalating to higher levels the violent images it distributes via social media.
While ISIL’s momentum in Iraq and Syria has been stalled, its direct and indirect influence internationally has contributed to its ongoing narrative of a worldwide caliphate.
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