Islamic State

Agents of death

Print edition : December 11, 2015

An undated image posted on a militant website on January 14, 2014, shows fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marching in Raqqa, Syria. Photo: AP

After a bomb attack at Burj al-Barajneh, Beirut, on November 13. Photo: AFP

After an explosion at Hotel al-Qasr in Aden, Yemen, where Ministers and government officials were staying, on October 6. Photo: AP

From A video published on the Internet by the I.S. on November 16, 2014, showing militants taking Syrian soldiers for beheading. Photo: AP

In this file photo released on May 4, 2015, on a militant website, I.S. militants are seen passing by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. The I.S. makes around $2,000,000 a day from the sale of oil. Photo: AP

Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda chief, a file picture. He wanted the I.S. to focus only on Iraq and let the al-Nusra Front lead the fight in Syria. Photo: AFP

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the “caliph” of Islamic State, addressing worshippers at a mosque in Mosul, Iraq, a file picture. The I.S. has ignored Zawahiri’s position. Photo: AFP

Highly motivated squads of suicide bombers are in the forefront of both conventional warfare and urban terror attacks by the Islamic State, like the one in Paris which they describe “as the first of the storm”.

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