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The Islamic State's Signing Bonus

Added 04-23-21 12:34:02pm EST - “The group may be defeated in Syria and Iraq, but joining it still offers major dividends to local jihadis in Africa.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “The Islamic State’s Signing Bonus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The group may be defeated in Syria and Iraq, but joining it still offers major dividends to local jihadis in Africa.

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In late March, jihadis linked to the Islamic State seized Palma, Mozambique. Beyond attacking the town, which is strategically located near a French-led $20 billion natural gas project, the terrorists killed dozens of Mozambican civilians as well as reportedly beheaded foreign workers.

The subsequent media storm prompted widespread debate about the nature of the Islamic State’s involvement and whether the violence in Mozambique was a local or transnational phenomenon. Although some analysts have focused on the parochial nature of the insurgents’ grievances, the reality is that their apparent pledge to the Islamic State has coincided with a significant leap forward in the capabilities of the group, which is now known as the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) and is made up of affiliates in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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