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Hassan Hassan is the founder and editor in chief of New Lines. He is also the coauthor of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” a New York Times Bestseller selected as one of The Times of London’s best books of 2015 and as one of the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 books on terrorism.
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Years before the Saudi leadership turned its back on the native Islamists who co-founded the kingdom, the movement had already been in decline. It is these longstanding problems, not just the current political environment, that make the Wahhabi decay irreversible.
Although the next leader of the Islamic State group has yet to be announced, New Lines has obtained detailed information about the likeliest candidate to replace Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, who blew himself up on Feb. 3 in an effort to evade U.S. Special Forces as they raided his house in northern Syria. The details we obtained about Sumaidai’s life, never published before, have been gathered from people who knew him personally and from Iraqi authorities.
The next leader of the Islamic State will most likely come from this cabal of Afaris, a network we might call the Qaradashians.
A year ago, we had an idea. It was an unusually optimistic one considering the dire state of the world,…
Contrary to how some understand the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan, the lesson extremists are taking from the Taliban’s success is not simply that jihad works, but that diplomacy and engagement are a necessary part of the process, which includes reassuring the West about external threats emerging from their areas.
Although Husham al-Hashimi helped the Iraqi government understand and hunt down ISIS terrorists, his last secret research project was on the criminality and extremism of Shiite militias. They assassinated him for it.