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Struggles Push IS to Look for Alliances

As the Islamic State militant group struggles to hold ground and seize more, it is trying to either forge alliances with other militant groups or defeat them. These shifting relationships are altering the battle lines in the Middle East. One of the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s most well-known rivals is Afghanistan’s Taliban, which publicly told IS to get out of its country. A political researcher at Egypt’s Al-Ahram Foundation, Hala Mustafa, said the two groups are natural...

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