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The Growing Confidence and Strength of ISIS?

This recent image of ISIS (or “Islamic State”) is troubling for a couple of reasons. It’s not that they are about to mass execute a group of prisoners. They have been doing that all along to journalists, heretics (Shia), Yazidi, and others. What’s new here is that they are not afraid to show their faces and their uniforms are becoming standardized, suggesting a greater degree of both confidence and military professionalization. Continue reading