Reuters - Smoke rises behind an Islamic State flag after Iraqi security forces and Shiite fighters took control of Saadiya in Diyala province from Islamist State militants, November 24, 2014

Opinion

How ISIL out-terrorized bin Laden

August 19, 2015, William McCants

In this excerpt from his new book, "The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State," William McCants explores how the Islamic State’s brutality and its insistence on apocalypse now and caliphate now set it apart from al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden's strategy of waging jihad. McCants argues that ISIS has defied conventional thinking about how to wage wars and win recruits and even if the Islamic State is defeated, jihadi terrorism will never be the same.

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