Evolution of Today’s Crisis in Iraq and the Levant: What are the Underlying Historical and Cultural Factors for the Rise of the Islamic State?

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David Kallgren
Kevin Rukundo

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Professor Yolanda

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This research aims to describe the rapid growth of the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL. Drawing facts from news articles, scholarly publications, and recent investigations conducted over the group, we have sought to illuminate the core ambitions and principles that created IS and to discuss the short- and long-term implications for the region.

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