The Al Qaeda–Islamic State Rivalry: Competition Yes, but No Competitive Escalation

  title={The Al Qaeda–Islamic State Rivalry: Competition Yes, but No Competitive Escalation},
  author={Tore Refslund Hamming},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  pages={20 - 37}
  • T. Hamming
  • Published 11 July 2017
  • Political Science
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
ABSTRACT On June 29, 2014, the Islamic State emerged and declared the establishment of its caliphate. The declaration was a direct challenge to other Sunni Jihadi groups including Al Qaeda and an attempt to become the leading Jihadi group around. The rivalry that evolved within Sunni Jihadism, and particularly between Al Qaeda and its renegade affiliate the Islamic State, entailed a hitherto unseen competitive environment within the Jihadi field. Interestingly, the increased competition did not… 

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