Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Ascendant Islamist Group Rivals al-Qaida for Young Recruits Ascendant Islamist Group Rivals al-Qaida for Young Recruits

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Ascendant Islamist Group Rivals al-Qaida for Young Recruits

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may be gaining an edge over al-Qaida in a battle for the loyalty of young supporters, Reuters reports.

Islamists now coming of age are more frequently dismissing al-Qaida as a worn down and ineffective organization, the wire service reported on Wednesday. Using social media services known for attracting candidate supporters, the young radicals have increasingly voiced admiration for the newer group that declared a new "Islamic State" last month in recently seized Middle Eastern territory.

 

According to exiled Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih, the group's June 29 declaration of new Islamic governance was "a very loud noise, but not as effective as the success in conquering vast areas of Iraq."

"That conquest has had a huge psychological effect in the whole region," al-Faqih said.

The ISIS military gains included the capture of a shuttered Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons storage site, as well as a bid to control an Iraqi oil refinery reported to hold substances that could pose hazards to public health.

The organization has demonstrated greater willingness than elements of al-Qaeda's aging central leadership to employ violent tactics against fellow Muslims, according to previous reporting.

 

Western government personnel, though, contend that al-Qaida remains a significant danger. Reuters reported that the officials cited the organization's opportunity to gather strength amid the region's political upheaval, and noted that the group's Syrian and Yemeni affiliates include veteran fighters and specialists in bomb construction.

This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Keeps me informed about national leadership concerns."

Senior Military Officer

The best!"

Mark, Compensation Analyst

Timely and informative."

Dave, HR specialist

I can browse over breakfast or while on the metro."

AJ, US Army Officer

Sign up form for the newsletter
 
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL