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The Polarizing Effect of Islamic State Aggression on the Global Jihadist Movement | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The Polarizing Effect of Islamic State Aggression on the Global Jihadist Movement | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Since it announced its caliphate in the summer of 2014, the Islamic State has taken on 17 affiliates or “governorates” that operate in 12 countries outside of Syria and Iraq. Many of the governorates were preexisting jihadist groups or factions that joined the Islamic State because they identified with its antagonism toward local jihadist competitors and its unyielding animosity toward non-Muslim nations. Yet this hostility subsequently limits the group’s ability to build governments or take territory beyond the confines of Syria and Iraq. In most countries where the Islamic State has planted its flag, its aggression prompted powerful local jihadist rivals[a] or international foes to check its advances.

Source: The Polarizing Effect of Islamic State Aggression on the Global Jihadist Movement | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point