The Islamic State Of The United States Essay

1879 Words Sep 25th, 2016 8 Pages
ISIS is a term that all to many Americans have become familiar with over the last 3-4 years. The organization now refers to its self as the Islamic State, now strives to create a world based on shira law, which is the religious legal system in which islamist are suppose to follow. The Islamic State, has become a topic of discussion across the world due to their operations in Iraq and Syria. Most concerning yet, is the ability ISIS has to persuade and influence its followers through extensive media campaigns. Thus, their threat has spread to countries without strong centralized governments such as Libya, and to the inspiration of attackers in countries such as France and as far away as the United States. The history of the organization is relatively new, less than 20years to be exact. In order for the western world, more specifically the United States, to be able to counter the Islamic States’ influences and operations, policy makers need to understand the group’s origin’s and abilities in order to effectively thwart an operation in the United States. The founder of ISIS is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a prominent figure in the organization. Zarqawi has an extensive history of involvement in terrorism dating back to the 80’s where he began radicalizing young men in prison to push his anti-west agenda. While in prison during the 90’s it is said he would he would smuggle messages which support the Salafi ideology to be posted on websites. These messages caught the attention than no…

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