Does the "Islamic State" really have a theological agenda?
In his thought-provoking cover story "What ISIS Really Wants", published in the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic magazine, journalist Graeme Wood investigates the ideological roots of the so-called Islamic State and argues:
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.
The article has sparked considerable debate:
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Graeme Wood responds:
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Roundtable discussion (video)