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Relentless march

August 10, 2014

The "Islamic State," formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has dramatically expanded its power base in recent months. DW takes a look at the group's origins, financing and wider implications.

ISIS Kämpfer in Syrien 30.06.2014
Image: picture alliance/AP Photo

Renowned for its savagery, the "Islamic State" has stunned the world with its military successes in the past two months, taking over huge swathes of territory on either side of the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Since the group began making a name for itself, DW has been answering questions about its origins as well as the implications for those living in the area and further afield.

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