Spreading its tentacles

Islamic State is making itself felt in ever more countries. But how much influence does it really have outside Syria and Iraq?

WHEN Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June last year he dropped “Iraq and Syria” from his group’s name. From then on, he said, it should be called simply Islamic State (IS), which was more in line with its ambition to spread its ghastly version of “Islamic” rule across the globe. A year later it does indeed have influence well beyond those countries’ borders, as the bloody past week shows.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Even if they were to take all of Syria and Iraq, they have nowhere else to go.
    Except maybe Saudi Arabia.
    They can’t take Iran.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    ISIS is the next Hezbollah. It took 20 years but Hezbollah now runs and is Lebanon. It won’t take 20 years for ISIS to take control of a country and then it becomes that country. Then the EU and whichever democratic president is in the White House will fall over themselves to make peace offerings.

    • Exile1981

      I’m surprised some country hasn’t officially recognized IS as a country yet.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Obama will by the end of his term. When he retires he wants to go to a Muslim country that’s not on fire.