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Is fight against ISIS reaching a turning point?

James Carafano and J.D. Gordon on the next steps against the terror group.

 

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ISIS name giving terror license to loose, growing network of offshoots

Islamic State “affiliates” seem to be emerging at an alarming rate, giving the sense of an expanding terror network with satellites all over the world. 

But a closer look, according to analysts, shows these ISIS offshoots are likely operating without much coordination with the Islamic State core. It doesn’t make them any less dangerous, but helps explain how a group President Obama described just one year ago as “JV” has established a presence in nearly a dozen countries. 

Unlike Al Qaeda, which in its prime was operationally stronger and had a better communication network with its affiliates, the ISIS network appears more fractured. There is no clear-cut power pyramid beyond its head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And a number of the affiliates existed before, only recently latching onto ISIS as the terror network grew in notoriety. 

J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman, told FoxNews.com the array of different ISIS offshoots reveals an organization “that is operationally not as close or sophisticated as Al Qaeda.” 

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