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Experts say the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is spreading to other countries and inspiring terrorist groups toward greater acts of brutality.
ISIS gained global attention in August by beheading two American journalists and is quickly gaining new followers, including al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate.
In a page directly from ISIS’s playbook, members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) last month captured 14 unarmed Yemeni soldiers, beheaded them, and then publicized the bloodshed by posting photos and videos online, according to local news reports.
Jalal Baleedi, an influential field commander in the group who supports ISIS, ordered the executions on Aug. 9.