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July 3, 2015

The Islamic State and the Terrible Twos

The Islamic State celebrated its one-year anniversary in customary fashion. Other organizations might sponsor parades and make speeches. ISIS spilled blood. A beheading in France, the murder of 38 tourists at a resort in Tunisia and a bomb blast at a mosque in Kuwait all reminded the world, if it had somehow forgotten, that ISIS isn't merely interested in securing sovereignty over a particular stretch of territory. It has much grander ambitions. At the moment, it doesn't have the means to take on the world or take over even a single country. But that could change. ISIS isn't like previous proto-states or liberation movements. It's a fundamentally different creature.

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