The early leadership of ISIS was mainly from people who had a similar view to them and al-...
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... operating in Western Iraq but not a major threat, as long as the Iraqi government is not anti-Sunni. The Syrian group may be a problem for the United States if the Syrian Civil War last for several more years, because the Syrian part of ISIS may become more like a political party that operates within Syria after the Civil War ends. Because right now it looks like the only way the Syrian Civil War will end is through a negotiated settlement, which would need ISIS to be a member and result in ISIS of Syria becoming like HAMAS of Palestine. As ISIS is degraded, it is likely people from other nations, which came to fight for ISIS will desert and go back to their home countries. This could result in them going to nations with insurgencies like Afghanistan, Nigeria or Yemen and fight in one them or start a new organization which could cause problems for the United States.
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