By: Rajiv K Mishra
- Scattered & often confusing leadership with Ayman al-Zawahiri at the core.
- Tightly-knit military council under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that makes all the group's strategic decisions
- Is facing dwindling manpower resource and believes in guerilla warfare. Left with few thousand fighters.
- Has more than 1 lakh active fighters and growing
- Believes killing Shia Muslims could be counterproductive
- Have targeted Shiite Muslims
- Relatively less brutal than
- Very brutal to be repulsive
- Ledership believes caliphate will emerge only after the wider Muslim world has been purified, and that establishing it requires social consensus.
- Believes in sectarian divides
- Dwindling fast after killing of Osama Bin Laden.
- As per Iraqi intelligence the organization had assets worth US$2 billion making it richest jihadist group in the world
- Mainly small ammunitions like AKs rifles, bombs, machine guns, sniper rifles, mortar shells, mines etc.
- Has acquired many mainstream heavy battle machines including battle tanks, rockets, short range anti-tank missiles.
- Believes in traditional medium to reach people; occasionally uses social media
- More media savvy. Advertises its projects on social media. Never forget to chronicle its brutality.