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Beginning in 2013, it became increasingly clear that al-Qaida and the Islamic State were deeply divided over ideology, each representing a competing strand of the ideological movement known as Jihadi Salafism (al- salafiyya al-jihadiyya). As the Islamic State of Iraq restyled itself the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, then the Islamic State in full caliphal garb, its ties with al-Qaida unraveled and the ideological fissures in Jihadi Salafism, once held in abeyance, came rushing to the fore.
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Much has been written about IS’ ideology, social media operations, organization, finances, and brutality toward its foes. However, almost absent from these discussions are detailed analyses about how it fights and why it fights the way it does.