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Before prescription comes diagnosis. Before formulating a strategy to combat this extremist group ISIS, it is important to know couple of things: what is ISIS; what it is fighting against; what are its major objectives; and who its main enemies are. The author of today’s article reiterates that beheading foreign nationals is not the major objective of ISIS; rather, it is a war within Islam. He attempts to explain the outfit and also believes that to contain and beat the ISIS, the US needs to play a more tactical role rather than an aggressive one.