When the Soviet backed regime in Afghanistan was defeated in the early 1990s, and amid accusations that the ruling government was seriously corrupted, several competing factions arose to challenge for political power in what was perceived as a civil war. With support from a vast array of local communities, the Taliban emerged as the predominant power and initially brought a hint of stability to the country by providing law and order. Unfortunately, like most groups who seize power and form an authoritarian styl...
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...Worldwide Islamic Resistance, he commented that according to Suri, the American occupation of Iraq almost single-handedly rescued the jihadi movement when many of its critics thought it was finished (Wright 2006). The Global Terrorism Database reflects that terrorism within Iraqi borders rose sharply from six incidents in 2002 to an astounding 85 in 2003 (START 2015). Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) was founded in 2004, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in 2006, and several other Islamic insurgent groups followed. The ISI subsequently became known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and now goes by Islamic State (IS). The present-day membership of IS and its leaders can be traced back to former Iraqi soldiers who were removed from their positions when the Iraqi military was dismantled in 2003, and the current wave of terrorism is a direct result of the 2003 Iraq War.
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