A Contrarian View: Has the Islamic State Peaked?

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Having spent several posts discussing the threat offered by the Islamic State (IS), it seems appropriate to balance these views with a look at the signs that suggest the group is facing difficulties in its attempts to expand further.

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White Supremacists Distance Themselves From Austin Shootings

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Following news that an individual attacked the Mexican consulate and Austin Police headquarters, white supremacist forum members distanced themselves from the attacks.

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The Syrian Conflict: The Arab Spring Version 2.0?

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As the fighting continues in Syria and Iraq, much discussion has fallen upon the military response to the Islamic State (IS) and the Western bombing campaign and training efforts. What tends to be overlooked by the media, however, is the unique composition of the forces that make up the Islamic State (IS).

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Jihadists Attempt to Use Ferguson Unrest as Recruitment Device for Black Americans

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Jihadists and jihadist supporters online have launched a barrage of recruitment messages following a grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for his killing of Michael Brown, an 18 year-old black male, in Ferguson, Missouri. Using the hashtag "#FergusonDecision," users characterized the decision as the result of America's racism while claiming jihad and revolution to be fitting responses.

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AQAP Condemnation of IS Reinvigorates Feud among Jihadists

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The release of a statement by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Shariah official Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari, wherein he condemns the Islamic State (IS) Caliphate as illegitimate and divisive, has reinvigorated tensions between IS supporters and AQ supporters stemming from the two groups' split earlier in 2014.
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