With the loss of territory in Iraq and Syria, however, ISIS began to convert to more insurgent tactics toward the end of
This article is over 4 years old Isis fighters, pictured on a militant website verified by AP. As the Syrian civil war intensified, its involvement in the conflict was indirect at first. Joulani received support and funding from ISI and Baghdadi. Differences over ideology and strategy soon led to bitter infighting.
Isis turned to out to be too extreme and brutal not just for Jabhat al-Nusra, but for al-Qaida itself, leading to a public repudiation by Zawahiri, who last month called on Isis to leave Syria and return to Iraq.
By then Isis had lost ground in Syria to Jabhat al-Nusra and its allies. Isis now controls territory that stretches from the eastern edge of Aleppo, Syria, to Falluja in western Iraq and now the northern city of Mosul.
Isis has shown its ruthlessness and brutality in the areas of Syria under its control, eastern Aleppo and the city of Raqqa. It ordered the crucifixion of a man accused of murder; other forms of punishment include beheadings and amputations. Despite its brutal reputation, Isis has shown flexibility as well in Iraq to win over disaffected Sunnis in the north against the Shia-led government of Nouri al-Maliki.
Mushreq Abbas, who writes on Iraq for the Al-Monitor websitedescribes how Baghdadi has presented himself as an alternative to the Sunni political class tribal leaders and moderate clerics who oppose central government. Unlike the Iraqi troops facing them Isis fighters are highly motivated, battle hardened and well-equipped, analysts say.
It has all the trappings of a state, just not an internationally recognised one," Douglas Ollivant of the New America Foundation, told the Washington Post.
It runs courts, schools and services, flying its black-and-white flag over every facility it controls. In Raqqa, it even started a consumer protection authority for food standards. Isis has bolstered its strength by recruiting thousands of foreign volunteers in Syria, some from Europe and the US, and is estimated to have more than 10, men under its control.
As for resources, it counts large extortion networks in Mosul that predates the US withdrawal and in February it seized control of the financially valuable Conoco gas field, said to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a week, from Jabhat al-Nusra in Deir Ezzor, in Syria.
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But ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, also threatens Jordan, and the group is hoping to once again shock the West by opening a new front inside the kingdom.
In recent weeks, Jordanian authorities have reportedly arrested fifty supporters of ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. Saudi Arabia has dismissed accusations from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki that it supports terrorist groups in Iraq as "ludicrous."Addressing a press conference in Jeddah at the end of the.
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