August 1, 2014

Al-Qaeda Still More Dangerous Than IS

Gertenstein-Ross & Joscelyn, Foreign Policy

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IS's blood-soaked gains represent a real transnational challenge. It is currently a more formidable force than al Qaeda in both Iraq and Syria -- the latter being a theater that will fundamentally shape a new generation of jihadists. That alone will make the group a force to reckon with for years to come.

Nevertheless, commentators appear to be overestimating IS's strengths and underestimating al Qaeda's.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Islamic State, Syria, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri

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