ISIS and Al Qaeda are ideologically comparable and certainly related. Who created and funded ISIS is a moot point, so I will leave it. What I will say is that it has habitually driven in convoy across open desert unmolested using equipment and vehicles provided in large part – however circuitously – by the US government. ISIS also has suspiciously good marketing materials. And the existence of ISIS has meant that the US could pursue the aim of regime change in a sovereign state, this time in Syria. (Op-Edge)
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Given the propaganda cover ISIS provided the US, ISIS has been increasingly regarded de facto as a US proxy. Now that Russia is bombing ISIS, the US and Russia are in indirect military confrontation for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
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