'ISIS will benefit' from the Iran nuclear deal
Hassan Hassan, an associate fellow at the think tank Chatham House and co-author of the recent book "ISIS: Inside The Army of Terror," told The Wall Street Journal that the nuclear deal could make already-disaffected Sunnis feel even more like the US and Iran are conspiring against them."ISIS will benefit a lot from this deal; segments of the Sunni community in the region will see Iran as having won and brought in from the dark," Hassan said.
And conspiracy theories about US collusion with Iran, a Shiite theocracy, add fuel to the flames as Iran expands its influence across the Middle East."ISIS has already convinced a number of Sunni tribes that the Iranians are already establishing the Shia crescent" and Sunni interests won't be protected, Christopher Harmer, a senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, told Business Insider last month.
President Barack Obama has assured skeptics that the money from sanctions relief will be spent on growing the Iranian economy, but Eli Lake reported last month that Iran is spending much more to support the embattled regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad than the Obama administration has ever acknowledged.
And even in some cases where there isn't outright violence against Sunni civilians, militia members have reportedly refused to let many Sunnis back into their homes after ISIS has left their cities.
This is all what ISIS wants. The group thrives on sectarian chaos and hopes to drive Shias to commit atrocities so that Sunnis who might have previously turned against ISIS will be forced to live with the extremists, lest they make enemies of both ISIS and the militias."Much of Iran's funding in Syria has gone toward arming predominantly Shia proxies-notably the so-called National Defense Force, an IRGC-QF-built super-militia-which fight Sunnis on behalf of Assad," Michael Weiss and Nancy Youssef wrote for The Daily Beast. "An outgrowth of the sectarianism inherent in the Iranian and Syrian regime's counterinsurgency has been ISIS, which draws thousands of Sunnis seeking to shield themselves from what they view as Shia jihadists."
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