August 20, 2014

Why ISIS Is a Greater Threat than al-Qaeda Was

John McLaughlin, Ozy

The Associated Press

IS has achieved something that the core al-Qaida leadership still can only dream about: It actually controls territory.

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TAGGED: Islamic State, ISIS


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