The Islamic State Has Oil and Momentum… How Far Will It Go?

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The Islamic State controls so much of Iraq and Syria it’s able to finance its self-styled “caliphate” by selling oil. It’s a real threat to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad—complicating US efforts to help so-called “moderates.” What is the Islamic State? Does it pose a threat beyond Syria and its civil war?

After 3 years, 170,000 casualties and 9 million refugees, Syria’s civil war has become bloodier than ever. Last week, 700 died in one battle between the government of Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State. The object was control of a natural gas field near Homs.

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Guests:
Liz Sly - Washington Post - @lizsly, Patrick B. Johnston - RAND Corporation - @JOHNSTON, Razan Shalab Al-Sham - Syrian Emergency Task Force, Paul Pillar - Georgetown University / Brookings Institution - @GeorgetownCSS

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Sarah Sweeney, Evan George