Islamic State goes beyond a terror group with its tactics

August 22, 2014 8:23 PM

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Islamic State goes beyond a terror group with its tactics

In confronting Islamic State militants in Iraq, the United States and its allies are facing, for the first time, a terrorist group equipped like a conventional army.

"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group's former title. "They're beyond just a terrorist group."

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