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ISIS, Despite Heavy Losses, Still Inspires Global Attacks | The New York Times

ISIS, Despite Heavy Losses, Still Inspires Global Attacks | The New York Times

Three years ago, a black-clad cleric named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ascended a mosque pulpit in the Iraqi city of Mosul and addressed the world as leader of a new terrorist state.

The announcement of the so-called caliphate was a high point for the extremist fighters of the Islamic State. Their exhibitionist violence and apocalyptic ideology helped them seize vast stretches of territory in Syria and Iraq, attract legions of foreign fighters and create an administration with bureaucrats, courts and oil wells.

Now, their state is crumbling.

Source: ISIS, Despite Heavy Losses, Still Inspires Global Attacks – The New York Times