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It is certainly ironic that at this point, when the United States is the closest it has ever been to destroying al Qaeda, its interests would be better served by keeping the terrorist organization afloat and Zawahiri alive.
It is hard to believe ISIS did not understand that threatening the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan would mean directly challenging the U.S. alliance with the Kurds and potentially provoking it to fight. Indeed, it is likely that ISIS viewed the possibility as a win-win.
The Israeli state has accelerated the erosion of its own authority in recent weeks. By stoking messianic and racist attitudes, it has gravely jeopardized its pluralistic and democratic identity.
ISIS’ astonishing success in Iraq could be a harbinger of a tectonic shift within the jihadi movement. Namely, ISIS -- a far more radical group -- could supplant al Qaeda as the movement’s leader.
Disowning ISIS came at some cost of reputation for al Qaeda, but the group could no longer afford to keep an affiliate that subverted central command. In the weeks and months to come, the United States would be wise to use the continued rift to promote its own interests in Iraq and Syria.
Two factors pushed Hamas to ramp up its bombing campaign: belief that its strategic environment had improved in the wake of the Arab Spring and competition from Salafi groups.