Militants of the Islamic State are seen just before the explosion of an airstrike at Tilsehir hill near the Turkish border on Oct. 23, 2014. Turkey said on Oct. 21 that Kurdish peshmerga fighters based in Iraq have yet to cross into Syria from Turkish territory, a day after announcing it was assisting their transit to join the battle for the Syrian town of Kobani.
Last week's Security Weekly began our 2016 "Gauging the Jihadist Movement" series with a discussion of the status of the al Qaeda portion of the movement. As in prior years, we are considering jihadist goals along with theories of insurgency and terrorism to measure the status of the various components of the global movement. This week we will turn our attention to the Islamic State camp of the jihadist movement. ...
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