Inside the Islamic State's Terror Capital

The Spread of the Caliphate: The Islamic State (Part 1)
Inside the Islamic State's Terror Capital
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The U.S. intelligence community has been struggling to keep up with the rapid advance of the Islamic State, consistently underestimating the militant group. “The inability of U.S. spy agencies to provide details about the timing of Islamic State offensives or their likelihood of success has touched off debate among U.S. national-security officials about whether intelligence on the group has been adequate,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

But VICE News is filling in some of the blanks with a fascinating and chilling “feature doc” on the Islamic State. Reporter Medyan Dairieh (@MedyanDairieh) gained unprecedented access to the terrorist group, spending three weeks embedded with militants across Iraq and Syria.

“In part one, Dairieh heads to the frontline in Raqqa, where Islamic State fighters are laying siege to the Syrian Army’s division 17 base.” 

Check out more VICE News coverage of the situation in Iraq

Dustin Walker is the Editor of RealClearDefense.

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