Saturday, October 11, 2014

The rise of the ISIS (or IS or ISIL or DAESH)

Even if you have been living in a cave, you would not escape the latest Middle East involving the extremist Sunni group of ISIS (Islamic state of Iraq and Syria or ISIL or DAESH or its latest incarnation IS-Islamic state. I will use ISIS or just plain IS to shorten the name and what it is really called without mincing any words around it. So who are these IS people and what do they want. IS is a breakaway faction of the other global Islamic Terrorist organization Al-Qaeda who have a falling out with IS leadership and now increasingly Al-Qaeda is becoming irrelevant due to the relentless onslaught of the U.S. drones and other countries particularly awareness of this threat. But while the Al-Qaeda leadership may have been decimated but they are not out completely and are still considered a nuisance in some countries of the Middle East. And while the countries of the world were dealing with Al-Qaeda, the swift rise of IS in Iraq and Syria surprised them (or did they?) and since they have shown more brutality then Al-Qaeda, they are gaining a surprising amount of support from the so called disillusioned Muslims of the west who are joining them in droves. Although IS main goal is to consolidate their positions in Iraq and Syria but their plans in the future will be to conquer the world and establish an Islamic Caliphate ruled by their own narrow version of Islam. It is this version that is attractive to young Muslims who have not seen anything like it before or want to be ruled or live in a so called Islamic state.

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