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Another Impact of the Caliphate?

Discussion in 'Middle Eastern Politics' started by GBFan, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. GBFan

    GBFan Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2013
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    (CNSNews.com) – As the Department of Homeland Security signals enhanced security at foreign airports for U.S.-bound flights, some Mideast experts view the biggest potential threat right now coming not from the burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) but from al-Qaeda as it seeks to reassert its claim to lead the global jihad.
    The rise of ISIS and its territorial gains in Iraq last month set off alarm bells about the threat it poses to the West, prompted in part by its leader’s own words and by fears that Westerners fighting with ISIS could carry out attacks on returning to their home countries.

    But ISIS’s declaration this week of a “caliphate” in areas it claims to control and its demand that Muslims everywhere pledge allegiance to its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, amounted to a direct challenge to al-Qaeda, which sees itself as leading the jihad but has had few successes to boast of in recent years.

    Al-Qaeda’s most likely response, some specialists believe, would be to attempt a significant terror attack in the West – possibly by its most effective affiliate, the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), or returning fighters from its Syrian branch, the Al-Nusra Front.

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