Is the Islamic State Really Such a Psychological Enigma?
A Bizarre Excursion Into the Surreal

Grant, John
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/09/is-the-islamic-state-really-such-a-psychological-enigma/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  09/01/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17142

The costly debacle known as the Iraq War put the US government in a tough spot that's now exacerbated by the rise of the Islamic State in Anbar Province and western Syria.
A recent New York Times story referred to the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) as a "conundrum" - "a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army."