The three-day conference on the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), entitled the 'International Forum on ISIS' came to a close in the northern Syrian city of Amuda on Monday.
Prominent voices from the forum expressed their opinions on a post-IS Syria following the organisation's military defeat, with Hashim Thebari, a professor from Iraqi Kurdistan university, saying that «we think... Еще ISIS is over, it is over militarily speaking, I might say, but ISIS ideology, the manner of thinking, the hellish thoughts of extremism and violence have remained.»
Mustafa Bali, director of the press centre of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) added that «ISIS is surely not over, because ISIS is not only a military organisation, which some villages and cities were liberated from, it is one of the global al-Qaeda international organisation branches, and a branch of radical Jihadist organisations, so it is able to re-create itself under different titles and different conditions.»
Bali also commented on the political future of Syria, saying «the northeast of Syria is a part of Syria for sure... we as Syrian Democratic Forces and as a self-administration in north and east of Syria are open to dialogue with the different parties in Syria, and we think that the solution in Syria should be a political solution. On the basis of such belief, we call all the parties to prioritise the Syrian national interest and prioritise the language of dialogue in order to solve this crisis.»
Hosted by the Rojava Center for Strategic Studies, the event brought together international experts and decision makers to discuss the post-IS management of the territory. The region remains afflicted by IS sleeper-cell attacks and continues to play host to thousands of detained IS militants and their families.
A total of 125 guests from 15 countries across three continents were expected to attended the forum, which took place from July 6-8, including former French Foreign Minister and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders Bernard Kouchner and Peter Neumann, the founder of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.