WorldViews: ISIS: The al-Qaeda-linked Islamists powerful enough to capture a key Iraqi city

By Liz Sly, June 10, 2014

BEIRUT — Since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in December 2011, the al-Qaeda affiliate they spent years battling to vanquish has expanded its reach to the extent that it now controls what amounts to a state of its own across vast areas of Syria and Iraq.

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