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The violent terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State is eliciting fear from all corners of the world after its brutal advances through Iraq this summer, including the slaughter of religious minorities and soldiers and the video-recorded beheading of two American journalists.
How the United States should respond has been a ripe topic for pundits and politicians, with many dogging President Barack Obama for saying "we don’t have a strategy yet" to deal with the threat also known as ISIS.
Feeling lost in the chaotic developments? Here’s a roundup of claims about the group that we have vetted so far.
Islamic State was too extreme for al-Qaida
In his final turn moderating NBC’s Meet the Press, David Gregory explored whether the group’s rapid growth was preventable.
"This is a terror state trying to construct a caliphate, cast off by al-Qaida because this group is considered too extreme," Gregory said Aug. Read more