New York: A report has revealed that one of the prime factors fuelling the expansion and success of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is its effective management structure and military prowess.

According to The New York Times, the group consists of mostly middle-aged men who had earlier worked in Saddam Hussein’s army and who were handpicked by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-acclaimed leader of all Muslims, in prison while he was in American custody at the Camp Bucca detention center a decade ago.

These former military officers oversee different departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment. The list of ISIS’s recruits include, Fadel al-Hayali, the top deputy for Iraq, who once served Mr. Hussein as a lieutenant colonel, and Adnan al-Sweidawi, a former lieutenant colonel who now heads the group’s military council.

The report said that the ISIS exhibits a unique marriage of military prowess and terrorist techniques learnt and improvised through years of fighting American troops. It is a hybrid developed by a cross between terrorists and army.

ISIS’s rise has alarmed the United States and regional security officials who ay that they fight more like an army than an insurgent group. Their military skills allow them to co-ordinate operations over large areas.

The organization rose to prominence in June this year after seizing Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. The group has captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria since then.

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