ISIS: A Jihadist Group Analysis

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For at least three years now, the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has spread and affected people and places all over the world. Officially originating in 2013, ISIS is a violent jihadist group founded mostly in Iraq and Syria that has members from all over the world due to their global recruiting system. They have killed thousands of people in their acquired territories that do not agree with what ISIS stands for or anyone resisting their rule. ISIS has grown into a serious threat the past few years because of their violent militant tactics, multinational recruits, and ways of acquiring vast amounts of money to support their agenda. ISIS has been in conflict with multiple factions and nations from around the world since …show more content…
Before determining how to deal with ISIS, people must know what the group is about and what they are trying to achieve. Critics on the formation of ISIS explain that the incredible and somewhat surprising rise of ISIS in four years came from a marginal group that was ignored by almost all intelligence agencies. The faction also came to power from a by-product of developments for which two consecutive US administrations under the command of George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama are responsible (Melman). Formed in 2013, ISIS is a jihadi Salafist militant group that promotes violence in its members. It is extremely anti-democracy and sectarian, and a seasoned militant operation with a transnational membership, to which, despite heavy casualties, is constantly recruiting. With key leaders who were prominent in the Iraqi insurgency throughout the 2000’s, it is also well armed and financed mainly from oil refineries it controls (Shirlow). ISIS also has the objective of creating their own Caliphate, which is an Islamic form of government under the leadership of a caliph. A caliph is a religious and political leader. They also want to control their own land and establish borders in the areas of Iraq and Syria, using force and …show more content…
The problem with the airstrikes is that they can be ineffective at crippling the vitals of ISIS. Airstrikes have been continued for years now and ISIS still stands strong. If countries wanted to defeat ISIS just through air and drone strikes, then it would take a very long time in order to break ISIS completely. This is because ISIS can just hide or blend in with the civilian population. If countries would put aside their differences and focus on major issues like ISIS for once then this problem may be much easier to solve. For example, Russia and the United States do not fully cooperate when dealing with ISIS since Russia supports other leaders that the United States does not and vice versa. If the major powers of the world could come to a common solution to defeat ISIS then the conflict would end quickly. But first these countries have to put their differences aside for the time being. Another way that may be the most effective is a plan for the Iraqi government to put an end to the influence of ISIS. Experts on the issue have determined that “ISIS still has a major weakness in that it remains largely rejected by Sunni public opinion in the Muslim world. This presents Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki with a chance to undermine them militarily; it also means he has an opportunity to win over Sunnis in the fight

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