ISIS as Start-Up: Explosive Growth, Highly Disruptive, Super-Evil
people already live under its control, across 35,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria, an area captured largely over the past six months
fighters have either joined the cause, or been forced to become part of it. Three years ago, ISIS consisted of just 1,000 armed militants
That’s what they call ‘hockey-stick growth’ in Silicon Valley. Compare those numbers to any non-evil, non-terroristic start-up
tweets were sent in a single day from the accounts of ISIS supporters.
It’s built a huge, sophisticated web of connected Twitter accounts that amplify every single message
Iraqi civilians have died so far this year — the highest death toll since 2008
pages of ISIS’s slick annual report (also available in English) detail the group’s activities—and its efforts to become the world’s dominant terrorism brand, with magazines, T-shirts, apparel, and even passports
seconds of footage in the video of James Foley’s murder.
ISIS’s social media videos are disconcertingly polished, with high-production values.
And they don’t just revel in brutal beheadings: their propaganda shows militants giving candy and ice cream to children and visiting hospitals
air strikes have been launched by the U.S. against ISIS since August 8
days since ISIS declared their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the newly-created Islamic State—the 156th caliphate since Mohammed’s death
months between President Obama telling the New Yorker that
“If a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant”
and announcing after the death of James Foley that
“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”
ISIS is arguably now the second most capable military power in the Middle East behind Israel
There is no known ransom being offered for kidnapped journalist Steven Sotloff. In ISIS’s last video, the masked jihadi who killed James Foley instead offered a scenario with no good options:
“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”