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  • Among threats in the Middle East, both the Taliban and the Islamic State have garnered

  • a majority of US attention. Although ISIS is relatively new, it has posed a legitimate

  • threat, and is somewhat distracting from the decades-old Taliban. So we wanted to take

  • a look at the two, and find out, which is the greater threat? ISIS or the Taliban?

  • Well, it is first important to note that although both groups want more power along Sunni Islamist

  • lines, the scope of their conquest is a little different. The Taliban, which is predominantly

  • located in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is mostly dedicated to establishing an Islamic Emirate

  • in those countries. They already achieved this in Afghanistan in 1996 up until the US

  • invaded and kicked them out in 2001. Meanwhile, ISIS has repeatedly announced its intentions

  • to form a “worldwideCaliphate, from their bases in Iraq and Syria. The global

  • intentions of ISIS make it a more dangerous force. Foreign fighters are more inclined

  • to join, instead of helping in a regional takeover alone. While the Taliban may intend

  • to one day run a similar Islamic world, their message is not as cohesive.

  • In fact, it is ISIS’s ability to reach out through propaganda and social media that inherently

  • makes them worse. While the Taliban reportedly has two spokespersons and a single media arm,

  • ISIS has about fifteen people working media for every Islamic State province.

  • Still, while ISIS may release shocking videos of beheadings, it is actually the Taliban

  • that does most of the killing. According to records analyzed by Vocativ, on average they

  • are somewhat equal in the number of attacks per month. But in terms of actual deaths,

  • the Taliban has been killing nearly 2,000 people a month, compared to roughly 200 by

  • ISIS. It is important to note that these stats do not include ISIS’s most recent active

  • time period, and focuses more on their introductory phase. Still, attacks like the Taliban’s

  • 2014 raid on a Pakistani school, which killed more than 130 children, are more in line with

  • the group’s aggressive and brutal methods.

  • In terms of suspected members, the fractured Taliban still dwarfs the more cohesive ISIS.

  • In late 2014, the CIA reported that ISIS was thought to have about 20-30,000 fighters.

  • A few months earlier, the Taliban was estimated to have at least twice that figure, with 60,000

  • fighters..

  • While ISIS has been rightly compared to the Nazis and Khmer Rouge, it is more accurate

  • to say that their tactics are focused on developing a fearless reputation. However, the Taliban,

  • which has been around for a while, and even ruled as a government, has no real need to

  • shock and awe. Instead, they are insularly focused on their regional goals, and seem

  • to commit considerably more murders, with more members. So although ISIS’s propaganda

  • is exceedingly effective, and may lead to a much more dangerous group, it appears that

  • the Taliban has been quietly working to be the greater threat.

  • But since losing power in Afghanistan, the Taliban has slowly made a comeback as an insurgency.

  • To learn more about how they survived the US invasion, check out our video. Thanks for

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ISIS還是塔利班。哪個威脅更大? (ISIS Or Taliban: Which Is The Greater Threat?)

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