Terrorist groups have become one of the most important security and political issues in the world in recent decades, and the name of ISIS is at the forefront of these groups and the relevant news that has made Iraq its first invasion hotspot. Many politicians and theorists attribute this primarily to domestic factors and the political, economic, social and even cultural conditions in Iraq, while others have blamed foreign factors and foreign intervention or assistance for ISIS growth in Iraq.
What is needed is an intermediate view of these factors, both internal and external, influencing the emergence of this radical Islamic group in Iraq and paving the way for ISIS to operate. In general, in many parts of Iraq, due to the lack of a strong central government, the lack of participation of Sunni groups in the political structure, the creepy growth of Wahhabi beliefs and the presence of foreign countries in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, there have been areas for the formation and growth of sectarian armed organizations, which the most important one is ISIS.
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Mehdi Dehnavi is a UK based Middle Eastern affairs analyst with a focus on Iranian Political Development, Kurdish Issue, Islamic Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, US Politics, NPT, Disarmament and Arms Control. His articles have been published by several journals and news agencies including Sputnik International, The Diplomatist, Diplomacy & Beyond Plus and The Russian International Affairs Council.
Mr Dehnavi holds Masters in International Relations – Diplomacy of Arm Control from Malek Ashtar University Iran and speaks many languages including Persian, Italian and Kurdish.