Comparative Analysis of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

Comparative Analysis of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

Common features and distinctions of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

While there is a common conception that as both groups share much in common and both fall under the umbrella of radical or fundamental Islamism, in reality, the relationship between the groups resembles more of a rivalry. The dynamics of and between the two groups is representative of the socio-political dynamics of the Middle East, which employs sectarian rhetoric and has divergent political interests, strategies and goals.

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