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Defining Militant Groups: Why the Names Matter

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jul 24, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
Police officers present suspected ISWAP militants, as well as a cache of weapons, in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on July 18.

Police officers present suspected ISWAP militants, as well as a cache of weapons, in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on July 18. Maintaining as much as accuracy as possible is important when analyzing militant groups.

(AUDU MARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

In their battles with extremism, governments have plenty of reason to misrepresent the names of militant groups. Doing so, however, doesn't help us understand what makes these organizations tick....

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