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Islamic State & Predecessor Groups

This is the gateway to resources, research, and analysis the Combating Terrorism Center has produced over the last decade about the Islamic State, also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and Da`ish, and its predecessor groups (al-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad, al-Qa`ida in Mesopotamia (AQI), Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin, Hilf al-Muttayibin and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)).

Additional CTC research and analysis about factors shaping the conflict in Iraq and Syria is also included. These resources contextualize the development of the Islamic State. Resources are organized into five categories: major reports, CTC Sentinel articles, CTC Perspectives, CTC commentary about the early development of AQI, and declassified primary sources produced by AQI, ISI, and other militant groups in Iraq.

Sentinel Articles

A Review of Reconciliation Efforts in Afghanistan
Invoking Zarqawi
Iraq’s Border Security
Al-Qa`ida’s Five Aspects of Power
Islamic State of Iraq Commemorates its Two-Year Anniversary
Field Notes on Iraq’s Tribal Revolt Against Al-Qa`ida
The 2008 U.S. Elections and Sunni Insurgent Dynamics in Iraq
After Action Report
Pursuing Al-Qa`ida into Diyala Province
Al-Qa`ida in Iraq

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