REUTERS/Hosam Katan-Residents hold up Nusra Front flags during a demonstration celebrating their take over of Idlib about a month ago and calling for the implementation of the Islamic Sharia law, in Al-Sakhour neighborhood of Aleppo April 24, 2015.
Jihadi rivalry: The Islamic State challenges al-Qaida
January 27, 2016,
In a new Brookings Doha Center Analysis Paper, Charles Lister explores al-Qaida and IS’s respective evolutions and strategies. He argues that al-Qaida and its affiliates are now playing a long game by seeking to build alliances and develop deep roots within unstable and repressed societies. IS, on the other hand, looks to destabilize local dynamics so it can quickly seize control over territory.