The Syrian Intifada

By Kyle Orton (@KyleWOrton) on August 9, 2015

Left to Right: Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi, Haji Bakr Left to Right: Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi, Haji Bakr

Nearly a year ago I wrote that in crude terms the Islamic State’s (ISIS’s) “military strength comes from the remnants of Saddam Hussein’s military-intelligence apparatus and the Caucasus’ Salafi-jihadists.” Since then I have dug up some answers for why this is so that did not seem to be widely shared. This might be about to change.

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