Thanks to its well-publicized savagery, the Sunni jihadi group calling itself Islamic State is gaining the lion's share of attention given to violent Islamic extremist groups by the military and the media.
But a new report produced for a Tampa-based military command suggests that both despite and because of the current notoriety of Islamic State, al-Qaida may very well remain the bigger long-term threat.
"Al-Qaeda's strategy is better positioned for the long term, though IS's emergence has placed significant pressures on al-Qaeda's network ..." is the conclusion reached by "The War between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda: Strategic Dimensions of a Patricidal Conflict."
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The 40-page report was produced for Special Operations Command Central, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, by spot-on, oft-contrarian analyst Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and his consulting firm Valens Global.