Faraway ISIS Branches Grow as 'Caliphate' Fades in Syria and Iraq



ISTANBUL—In its former heartland of Syria and Iraq, the once mighty Islamic State has turned, at least for now, into little more than a nuisance.

But that’s not the case for the self-declared caliphate’s far-flung “provinces,” from West Africa to Afghanistan to Southeast Asia.

There, local insurgencies that adopted Islamic State’s brand and…



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