ISIS, al-Qaeda and territory?

  • Broadly similar aims: Impose Sharia law worldwide, destroy infidels, hasten the arrival of the prophesied redeemer of Islam.
  • But ISIS, unlike al Qaeda, consolidates control of territory, and then immediately sets about building the fundamental pillars of a genuine state on that territory.
  • al-Qaeda, in its early form, showed little interest in/capacity for controlling territory.
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