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Islamic State Emergence Transformed Syria, Iraq in 2014

The emergence of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria as a potent force in early 2014 changed the dynamics of the region. Their brutal methods - including executions and forced slavery - horrified the international community, drawing Western forces into the conflict. It also splintered the war in Syria, where more than 200,000 Syrians have died in the conflict. Known early on as ISIS, the group emerged from al-Qaida in Iraq; their rapid rise in 2014 shocked the international...

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