Deadlier Than Al Qaeda, ISIS Iraq


The terrorist group that is wreaking havoc in Iraq has claimed the second largest Oil Refiner of Iraq, near Baji.

The Group is more deadly than Al-Qaeda.
After the intial break with al-Qaeda’s central authority, which was eventuallyformalized in January of this year, ISIS quickly accumulated power. As Liz Slyreports in her excellent profile of the group for the Washington Post, the group’s rapid rise was in no small part due to their ability to recruit thousands of militant volunteers who had flocked to Syria in recent months.

Sly also notes that the ascendant ISIS began to hold a unique position within Syria, establishing itself not only as a group that fought against government forces but one that established control over its seized territory. In the areas under its control, ISIS carried out a number of atrocities, imposing radical Islamic laws and sometimessharing the evidence of their brutalizing on social media.