REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal - Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand guard near the town of Makhmur, south of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan after Islamic State (IS) insurgents withdrew August 18, 2014.

Opinion

Why the Islamic State Is a Greater Threat Than Al-Qaida Before 9/11

August 20, 2014, John McLaughlin

The “Islamic State” militant group has territory, money and networks that could eventually make them a greater threat to the United States than al-Qaida was before 9/11, argues John McLaughlin. Neutralizing IS will require a far broader, more aggressive strategy, McLaughlin writes, including going after IS in Syria and Iraq, a heavier arming of the Kurds, and the revitalization of the Iraqi Army.

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