A fast-spreading disease: New heat map shows ISIS has become a truly global terror group, with outposts as far as Mali and the Philippines
- A new map shows where ISIS is operating out of, and where it is setting up cells, as of August 2016
- NBC News obtained the map, which was part of a classified White House report
- When the U.S. first started fighting ISIS in 2014, the group was operating out of just seven nations
- Now the group has spread to a total of 18 areas, including Libya where the U.S. conducted airstrikes on Tuesday
A new map of the Islamic State shows the group is growing at an unfathomable pace and is no longer just a problem for the Middle East.
The map, a classified White House document obtained by NBC News, shows the terror group’s core countries, official branches and aspiring branches as of this month.
When the U.S. first started coordinating attacks against the group in 2014, ISIS was just a fledgling group with about seven nations where its affiliates were operating out of – but most of the fighters were concentrated in Syria and Iraq.
NBC News has obtained a map, showing the Islamic state’s current areas of operation as of this month. The areas with the darkest shading are where the original group is centered. The medium orange-shaded areas are where the group has official branches. The lightest orange-shaded areas are where there are burgeoning cells