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Experts weigh in (part 3): Is ISIS good at governing?

February 9, 2016, Aaron Zelin and William McCants

Attempts by salafi-jihadis to create states or govern territory are not a new phenomenon. Even for the Islamic State, this is its second attempt at establishing a state and governing territories it controls. What sets it apart this time is the level of planning, sophistication, and capabilities compared to ten years ago. Aaron Zelin presents a historical perspective on IS governance.

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