ISIS is desperately looking for ways to survive as the jihadi group’s strongholds face annihilation after President Trump’s recent decisive action to drop the MOAB on a series of tunnels and bunkers in eastern Afghanistan.

There has been speculation by some experts that the group could continue to exist without a physical home base.  This would return foreign jihadis to committing atrocities on American shores though – which President Trump is doing his utmost to put a stop to.

However, another threat may exist where desperate times call for desperate measures.  Vice president of the Iraq Ayad Allawi has stated that rival terror groups ISIS and Al Qaeda are exchanging ideas on ways to join forces through intermediaries in an ideology in line with that of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

ISIS made territorial gains in Mosul and parts of northern Iraq and recently pushed out of much of the region under pressure from an international coalition that included the United States under the leadership of President Trump and General Matthis.

Despite losing ground, ISIS still controls some areas in Mosul’s Old City.  In these areas, narrow streets have slowed coalition forces. With their base in Raqqa, Syria ISIS still maintains control of a handful of other Iraqi towns, for now.

Civilians fleeing the rubble of Mosul, where a coalition is driving out ISIS militants

Civilians fleeing the rubble of Mosul, where a coalition is driving out ISIS militants

Iraq’s prime minister last month called for more support from the international community to combat ISIS and Al Qaeda. Talk of the terror groups working together could help raise more military aid. Despite the massive and very valid concerns that the radical Islamic terrorist groups might be trying to forge an alliance, they are still competing with one another for fighters, money, and other resources as they have been since ISIS split from Al Qaeda in 2014.

Earlier this year, Al Qaeda’s leader repeated criticism of the Islamic State’s violent attacks, such as beheadings of civilians. Al Qaeda continues to refuse recognition the ISIS’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, another major point of contention between the two radical groups.

Many speculate the animosity between the two groups is simply fueled by competition to each be seen as the true leader of the Islamic jihadist cause. It is much like small children arguing – “I’m in charge”  “NO! I AM!”

Legion of Doom? Perhaps… but only in their level of cruelty and lack of willingness to see others as actual people. These are not great military masterminds.

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