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Understanding The Intentions Of ISIS

Graeme Wood, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, wrote in a cover story earlier this year about how ISIS, also called ISIL, is a dangerous religious group that rejects peace and has a hunger for genocide.

Wood wrote, “We have misunderstood the nature of the Islamic State in at least two ways.” He spoke with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson in February about how understanding ISIS’s intentions – and how they are as distinct from al-Qaida’s – is crucial to efforts to combat the group.

We revisit that conversation, as well as a rebuttal from Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera English, who told Here & Now in March that the Islamic State really isn’t about Islam at all.


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