Contemporary Operating Environment

Present at the Creation

By The Cove July 21, 2017

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"If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat" - Sun Tzu

This series of three articles published by Foreign Policy  tell the story of Abu Ahmad, a Syrian operative for the Islamic State who witnessed the group's lightning expansion firsthand and spent months among its most notorious foreign fighters. Ahmad provides a unique insight into how Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi's political scheming paved the way for its expansion into Syria, al Qaeda's efforts to stem the group's rise, and the terrifying weapons in the arsenal of the self-proclaimed "caliphate".



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