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[T]he Islamic State of Iraq, declared in 2006, was intended to be a sprawling entity like the one we see today. That was its political purpose and ambition. Today’s ISIS is the same organization, only stronger.

— Analyst Brian Fishman, refuting Jeb Bush’s claim that Islamic State ‘didn’t exist when my brother was president’ (Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post)