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“Islamic State in talks for terrifying merger with al Qaeda as battlefield defeats mount”

“Islamic State in talks for terrifying merger with al Qaeda as battlefield defeats mount”

April 27, 2017 3:54 pm

The Washington Times interviews Dr. Ahmed Al Hamli and Dr. Richard Burchill:

All sides in the debate agree that the expected defeat of the Islamic State on the battlefield — perhaps by the end of the year — won’t end the larger war.

“The defeat of [the Islamic State] on the battlefield will not bring a decline in terrorists and fighters,” said Trends Research and Advisory President Ahmed Al-Hamli.

Distorted understandings given to Islam by extremist ideologues in al Qaeda and the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood continue to inspire violent movements in the name of religion, he said in an interview. “They are defined by the idea of ruling in the name of God, and this dangerous ideology will continue to be a threat,” he said.

But killing an ideology is not as simple as carrying out a drone strike or night raid, as Pentagon and the intelligence community have discovered. The Defense Department last year launched a secretive cybercampaign to dismantle the Islamic State’s vast online recruiting network.

To read the full article, follow this link: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/26/isis-al-qaeda-in-talks-for-terror-merger/

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