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Can the Islamic State and al Qaeda Find Common Ground?

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Mar 9, 2017 | 09:36 GMT
An image from an al Qaeda-inspired magazine shows Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in hell. Three years after the Islamic State defected from al Qaeda in an acrimonious and highly public split, many are still concerned that the two could someday reunite.

An image from an Al Qaeda-inspired magazine shows Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi engulfed in the flames of hell. The ideological differences between the two jihadist groups run deep.

(Al-Haqiqa)

Three years after the Islamic State defected from al Qaeda in an acrimonious and highly public split, many are still concerned that the two could someday reunite as IS has heavy battlefield losses. Ideological inconsistencies are not, however, easy to overlook, especially when both groups have gone to such lengths to point them out....

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