CTEC Director and Middlebury Institute professor Jason Blazakis was quoted in The Atlantic on the future of the so-called Islamic State group. He spoke about the situation that the new leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, faces in light of his predecessor being killed by US Special Operations Forces.


"A man with a $5 million reward on his head who was part of al-Qaeda in Iraq and may have even met Baghdadi as a prisoner of U.S. forces in Iraq. He is a religious scholar with operational experience—somebody who has showed that he can stay alive for a long time.”


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