ISIS: Apocalypse Now?

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September 3, 2014 18:34

The actual number of ISIS fighters is relatively small, but their achievements have been nothing short of spectacular.




Yazidi refugees near the Syrian border

Yazidi refugees flee for their lives from Islamic State forces near the Syrian border, August 11.. (photo credit:RODI SAID / REUTERS)

THE SUDDEN emergence of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, also known as IS) as a force to be reckoned with in the Arab Middle East is the latest alarming development in a region awash in violence.

Since mid-June, ISIS forces have seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and as much as one-third of the country’s territory, while American-equipped Iraqi forces collapsed and fled, leaving behind vast quantities of advanced weapons.

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