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Salman Rushdie Declares 'Tide Is Turning Against Islamic Fanaticism'

Rushdie lived in hiding for over a decade after the state of Iran issued a fatwa for his death after the publication of his novel "The Satanic Verses" in 1988

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Author Salman Rushdie sat to with CNN's Fareed Zakaria to discuss the future of Islamic terrorism as ISIS continues to lose militarily. Rushdie, who lived in hiding for over a decade after the state of Iran issued a fatwa for his death after the publication of his novel "The Satanic Verses" in 1988, has long warned against the spread of Islamic extremism. 

However, while speaking to CNN, Rushdie claimed he believes the tide is turning against Islamic fanaticism; it's still a cancer within Islam, but it's "having a bad time right now, and that's good for all of us." 

Rushdie noted that while he believed the miltiary defeat of ISIS was inevitable as that militants "made for bad soldiers," he argued that the defeat of their ideology will take far longer, although it is currently underway.

Watch the full interview with Rushdie here: