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Islamic State & Predecessor Groups

This is the gateway to resources, research, and analysis the Combating Terrorism Center has produced over the last decade about the Islamic State, also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and Da`ish, and its predecessor groups (al-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad, al-Qa`ida in Mesopotamia (AQI), Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin, Hilf al-Muttayibin and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)).

Additional CTC research and analysis about factors shaping the conflict in Iraq and Syria is also included. These resources contextualize the development of the Islamic State. Resources are organized into five categories: major reports, CTC Sentinel articles, CTC Perspectives, CTC commentary about the early development of AQI, and declassified primary sources produced by AQI, ISI, and other militant groups in Iraq.

Major Reports

The Caliphate Complaint Box: Stories of Islamic State Governance in the Words of Those Who Lived It
Risks, Recruits, and Plots: Understanding and Mitigating the Influence of the Islamic State in Malaysia
Cash Camps: Financing Detainee Activities in Al-Hol and Roj Camps
Structure of a State: Captured Documents and the Islamic State’s Organizational Structure
The Cloud Caliphate: Archiving the Islamic State in Real-Time
Rising in the East: The Evolution of the Islamic State in the Philippines
The Terrorist Lists: An Examination of the U.S. Government’s Counterterrorism Designations Efforts
Rising in the East: A Regional Overview of the Islamic State’s Operations in Southeast Asia
Homecoming: Considerations for Rehabilitating and Reintegrating Islamic State-Affiliated Minors
Minor Misery: What an Islamic State Registry Says About the Challenges of Minors in the Conflict Zone

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