June 11, 2014

Is the Islamic State Now a Reality?

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

Estimates of ISIS forces range from 7,000 to 10,000. Unlike other Syrian rebel groups, ISIS is focused less on the overthrow of the Assad regime than on enforcing its harsh and austere brand of Islamic law in the areas it controls as well as the broader aim of establishing a unified Islamic state. From all reports, it certainly appears to be a more dominant political force in the areas under its control than either the Syrian or Iraqi governments.

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TAGGED: Syria, Iraq, Middle East, Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria

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