Essay about The Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria

709 Words Mar 30th, 2015 3 Pages
ISIS was only a small rebel group that was fighting in the Syrian Civil war, but now it has evolved into full blown army. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Their mission is to establish a global Islamic Caliphate governed by an extremist interpretation of the Islamic law. A Caliphate is simply an Islamic State led by a supreme religious and political leader. The bloodthirsty self-proclaimed Caliph behind this barbaric terrorist group is Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. ISIS has acquired approximately 30,000 fighters and controls about 35,000 square miles of land that stretches across Iraq and Syria. Of the 30,000 fighters, 2,000 of them is believed to be Westerners who have been lured to fight for ISIS. ISIS has killed thousand Christians, Shiites and even Sunnis, which are the two major sects of Islam. Their current goal is to capture the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad, and they are only dozens of miles away from the city. Many of my relatives are still living in Baghdad and thankfully ISIS has not been able to take control of the city yet. My parents and I are in touch with them on a regular basis to make sure that they are all right. We advised them to leave the country, but they refused because they don’t want to leave their homeland. About a year ago, during the early development of ISIS, a close family friend was traveling from Iraq to Syria and while he was driving he was stopped by ISIS insurgents. They checked his driver’s license and easily recognized that…

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