WorldViews: What the rise of ISIS means for other ISISes

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 10, 2014

The extremist militants who have flocked under the banner of the "Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria have, according to reports, executed enemies and apostates, looted banks and Iraqi government arsenals and set about instituting an anachronistic, violently intolerant caliphate in the territories they have seized. First identified in the western media as ISIS (though that was a matter of contention among many English-language outlets, as I explored here), the group is now referred to simply as the Islamic State since the declaration of the caliphate.

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