Analysis

ISIS Aims to Reestablish Islamic Caliphate on Global Scale
A map posted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, shows areas of Europe, Africa and Asia that were once controlled by the Islamic caliphate, and areas that ISIS aims to recapture.
August 25, 2014
| Security
| Africa, Europe
Summary
Once an offshoot of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has morphed into something approaching the size and influence of a nation unto itself, with the goal of reestablishing a caliphate, the traditional seat of power in Islam where non-Muslims face submission or death.
The ISIS controls huge swathes of Syria and Iraq.It has $2 billion in pilfered assets and oil output generating $3 million a day.
Competing regional terrorist organizations – such as Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban Islamic Jihad, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram – remain localized in individual countries or regions. Only the ISIS and al-Qaeda operate throughout the Middle East and Africa. Now ISIS has begun to dwarf al-Qaeda, once the unsurpassed leader of Islamic terrorism, and has forced the U.S. and its NATO allies to interrupt August vacations and dust off shelved contingency plan in the war on terrorism.
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