Franchise wars

A short guide to violent extremist groups, from Al Qaeda to ISIS.

UN Photo: Stuart Price
Somalis look on in September 2013 near the wreckage of a recent attack by Al Shabaab that killed 18 people at a restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 04/30/2015 9:42 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 05/05/2015 5:38 pm EDT

You can’t tell the players without a program, and it’s no wonder that people feel confused by the plethora of names the terrorist groups use. To make matters worse they keep splitting, and sometimes they change their names just for the hell of it. So here’s a guide you can stick on your wall.

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