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US counterterrorism policy has been to keep al Qaeda on the run so the terrorist group cannot find the sanctuary necessary to plot and conduct 9/11 type attacks on the U.S. again. General Howard believes this policy is flawed and explains why. He transitions from failed al Qaeda policy to failed ISIS/ISIL policy, and then explains why allowing ISIS/ISIL to establish a caliphate (quasi state) might provide the U.S. and its allies an opportunity to defeat the terrorist organization.

Retired Brigadier General Russell D. Howard is a Senior Fellow and adjunct professor in the Monterey Institute of International Studies Terrorism Research and Education Program. Previously, he was the head of the Department of Social Sciences and the Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. A career Special Forces officer, General Howard commanded at the detachment, company, battalion and group levels culminating in command of the 1st Special Forces Group. He has been associated with the U.S. counter-terrorism effort in command, academic, research and civilian sector positions since 1984.


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Isis/Isil — Challenge Or Opportunity

US counterterrorism policy has been to keep al Qaeda on the run so the terrorist group cannot find the sanctuary necessary to plot and conduct 9/11 type attacks on the U.S. again. General Howard believes this policy is flawed and explains why. He transitions from failed al Qaeda policy to failed ISIS/ISIL policy, and then explains why allowing ISIS/ISIL to establish a caliphate (quasi state) might provide the U.S. and its allies an opportunity to defeat the terrorist organization.

Retired Brigadier General Russell D. Howard is a Senior Fellow and adjunct professor in the Monterey Institute of International Studies Terrorism Research and Education Program. Previously, he was the head of the Department of Social Sciences and the Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. A career Special Forces officer, General Howard commanded at the detachment, company, battalion and group levels culminating in command of the 1st Special Forces Group. He has been associated with the U.S. counter-terrorism effort in command, academic, research and civilian sector positions since 1984.