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ISIS militants have learned from the mistakes of past jihadi movements and established a near-impregnable base of support within Iraq and Syria with spectacular appeal to many of the world's Sunni Muslims, a new book warns.The authors of "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror," published this month in the U.S., spoke to dozens of fighters and members of the group to understand its allure and how it justifies its brutal tactics to its followers.The authors outline six categories of ISIS recruit.Only two are rooted in religion: the ultra-radicals who dominate the group's upper echelons, and recent converts to its extremist ideology.The authors also emphasize that ISIS is not new, but rather emerged it from the ashes of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), one of the most brutal opponents of the Americans following their 2003 invasion.The authors also depict ISIS as the revenge of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime more than a decade after the late Iraqi dictator was thrown out of power.Hassan remains pessimistic about Western counterinsurgency efforts.
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