The Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria Essay

1039 Words Dec 15th, 2015 5 Pages
In the first 8 months of 2014, the United Nations came to the conclusion that at least 9,347 civilians of Syria and Iraq have been killed, with over 17,386 injured, by the hands of ISIS. (Obeidallah) This statistic not including soldiers, the people who actually fight in the war. ISIS, or the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria, is an extremely dangerous terrorist group that has managed to strike fear into the hearts of people all over world, all in an attempt to defend their extreme interpretation of Islam. ISIS started as an Al Qaeda splinter group, and was originally called the Group for Monotheism and Holy War. Led by Al Zarkawi, a close comrade to Osama Bin Ladin, their first claim to fame was bombing the UN Headquarters of Baghdad in 2003. (Bryen) When Zarkawi died, the current leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gained control. Abu was originally detained in Camp Bucca, which is a US run prison in Iraq. When the US involvement in Iraq pushed the group into Syria, they became known as ISIS. ISIS wants to establish a Caliphate throughout the world. A Caliphate is an Islamic state, which is led by a successor to Muhammad, and his power triumphs over all others. Harleem Gambhir, an analyst at the institute for the study of war, sums up ISIS’s goal well, “The goal, is that through these regional affiliates and through efforts to create chaos in the wider world, the organization will be able to expand, and perhaps incite a global apocalyptic war.” What makes this terrorist group so…

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