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ISIS -- is it too extreme to survive?
ISIS -- is it too extreme to survive?

Just how terrifying is the Sunni Muslim extremist group that's taken over a huge swath of territory in northern Iraq? Here are some clues: After seizing Iraq's second-largest city, the group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, boasted of massacring 1,700 prisoners in cold blood. ISIS leaders have announced that they intend to assassinate Iraq's Shiite Muslim religious leaders and destroy their shrines. ISIS is so extremist that even Al Qaeda expelled the group earlier this year for being too violent against fellow Muslims. "This is Al Qaeda on steroids," Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said this week. But the...

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