The Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria Essay
The United States (US) should no longer support the various groups in the Iraq-Syria region who oppose Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Instead, those groups should deal with ISIS themselves. The history and violence of ISIS has been a prime example of why intervening in the conflict abroad will threaten security of the United States.
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Historical Background (M+Z)
Originating as a splinter group that pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda in 1999, it did not gain prominence until 2014, when it referred to itself as the Islamic State. Isis first considered itself to be the Islamic State of Iraq from the years of 2006 to 2013, but made tremendous strides in acquiring land, troops, money, and power due the instability in Syria after the outbreak of the civil war. Isis slowly began its rise in 2013 when it became the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. After establishing cells in Syria and beginning recruitment, it had its first major success when it freed 500 prisoners from Taji and Abu Ghraib. The prison raid in Abu Ghraib was especially alarming due to its close proximity to the city of Baghdad. This event signified that the Iraqi government had very little control of its own territory and had very little power in combatting Isis. However, Isis did not reach its prominence as a serious terror group that could make massive territorial acquisition in the…