ISIS Origins

WELL.v19-48.Sept8_.Smith_.Newscom“What’s extraordinary about ISIS is not the violence. Indeed, the reason Zawahiri denounced the group was not its cruelty but its refusal to follow his orders and merge with another extremist organization. In other words, the dispute between ISIS and al Qaeda was not about the conduct of the former but about who was in charge, a regular feature of regional power dynamics.” Lee Smith and Hussain Abdul-Hussain

“Cutting off the hands of criminals, as prescribed by Sharia, is hardly out of the ordinary; the Islamic Republic of Iran hangs gay teenagers from construction cranes, and the legal authorities of Saudi Arabia—an American ally-regularly separate accused criminals from their heads in public executions in what is popularly known as Chop-Chop Square.” Ibid

On the Origin of ISIS

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