Islamic State Expands with Six Armies on Three Continents

(Washington Times) Rowan Scarborough - The Islamic State has created at least six functioning armies outside its Iraq-Syria base, the Congressional Research Service said in a June 14 report, "Islamic State and U.S. Policy." Islamic State is metastasizing globally by attracting waves of henchmen in Libya, Egypt, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Afghanistan. The six franchises are not simply cells but viable armies with training bases, anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank weapons, and hundreds, if not thousands, of fighters. The Islamic State in Egypt, which may have more than 1,000 members, claimed responsibility for bringing down Metrojet Flight 9268 over Sinai, killing all 224 people onboard on Oct. 31, 2015. The Islamic State in Saudi Arabia has taken credit for a series of attacks since 2014. The Islamic State in Libya has as many as 6,000 fighters. The Islamic State in Nigeria, also known as Boko Haram, has killed thousands of innocents. The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, Afghanistan, has 3,000 fighters including hundreds of ex-Taliban. The Islamic State in Yemen has unleashed a series of attacks on Shiite mosques.

2016-06-22 00:00:00

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