ENEMY OF ENEMIES
THE RISE OF ISIL
Al Jazeera explores the origins and evolution of the world's most feared and powerful insurgent group - ISIL.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been a devastating force against those
it battles as well as those it purportedly governs.
Its sudden rise and expansion in 2014 has perplexed many. It has humiliated its enemies, including those in Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran and Washington. Armed with extensive
weaponry, boasting an international fighting force and adept in the art of digital media propaganda, ISIL has become the de facto authority across an area the size of Jordan.
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ISIL at a glance
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