ISIS

For the president of the United States of America.

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Information for the President of the United States of America

This is an informational poster for the new 2016 president of the United States. The topic of discussed in this poster is about ISIS.
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Basics of ISIS

The organization called the Islamic State is also known as ISIS, ISIL, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The members of ISIS are deemed terrorists and extremists for the acts of terror in the name of their religion.

Beliefs of ISIS

ISIS is a group that consists of Sunni Muslims. Sunnis are a group of Muslims that believe that the three first successors of the prophet Mohammed (Mohammad), were the true successors of Islam. The group believe in Jihadi-Salafism. Jihadism is the belief of Islam religion and tradition in authority. These beliefs shape the actions of the group.
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The Goals of the Islamic State

Many short-term acts of terror are carried out everyday by ISIS. Though, from what we know, one of the groups' long-term goals is to reestablish 'the Muslim State'. ISIS have made plans to restore the Caliphate system in the Middle East. They are trying to 'purify' the religion of Islam by destroy idolatry (shirk) and affirm God's Oneness (taw hid).

The Location of Funds

ISIS has been using cash, crude oil, and contraband as items of trade for other weapons and substances of destruction. The group controls many wells of oil from conquered territory, as well as from influencing nations and companies with oil wells. There are also private donations and money from local criminals that are given to the group to fund their terrorist activities.
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Internal Power Structure

A hierarchy of power is incorporated into ISIS. The Caliph is the most powerful person in this system. Their objective is to lead the state and they get absolute power. All others members of the state do not have authority over the caliph and have to obey all orders given by the caliph, except for the caliph’s deputy. The Caliph of the Islamic State is currently, Caliph Ibrahin and his deputy: Al Turkemani. The Military Council is the next class below the caliph. This group of people consists of three members who are in charge of military strategy and field operations. The next people in the hierarchy of power are members of the Shura Consultative Council. The Shura Consultative Council deal with state affairs. The Judicial Authority are involved in the judicial issues of the Islamic State and the group also deals with the diffusion of ISIS. A defense, security, and intelligence council is appointed to protect and follow out orders of the Caliph. The council also is in charge of collecting and notifying the Caliph of information. However, a separate council informs the public of news.

How ISIS Rose to Power So Quickly

ISIS is proven to be more brutal and effective than Al Qaeda, already in the short period of time they have existed. People fear ISIS, giving them power and making their threats known, such as genocide from retaliation of listening. ISIS has a strong government and political structure within themselves, which help keep everything running smoothly, so everything goes as they want inside their society. ISIS also controls a lot of the oil in the Middle East and other countries do not want to make them upset in fear they will cut off their oil supply.

Timeline of the Rise of ISIS

  • 2004- Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi joins Osama bin Laden and renames his group to AQI.
  • 2006- A new leader rises after the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.
  • October 2006- AQI is renamed as Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), after threat of other Sunni Muslims.
  • April 2010 - A new leader is choosen: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
  • May 2013- ISI is renamed as Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham (Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria/ISIS).
  • January 2014- ISIS takes control of the city Fallujah.
  • January 2014- ISIS conquers the city of Raqqa and it become the group's headquarters.
  • February 2014- Al-Qaeda tries to disassociate with ISIS for extremist actions.
  • June 2014- ISIS takes over the city of Mosul.
  • June 2014- ISIS captures the city of Tikrit.
  • June 2014- ISIS declares the formation of a caliphate.
  • August 2014- The president of the United States of America permits airstrikes against ISIS.
  • August 2014- A video of the execution of journalist, James Foley is released by ISIS.
  • September 2014- Another journalist, Steven Sotloff is executed on video by ISIS.
  • September 2014- President Obama promises to weaken and eliminate ISIS.
  • September 2014- David Haines, a British Aid Worker is executed by ISIS.
  • September 2014- A propaganda video made by ISIS includes a British journalist, John Cantlie.
  • September 2014- ISIS starts to take over the town of Kurdish.
  • September 2014- Airstrikes in Syria begin from the US and other Arab allies.
  • September 2014- ISIS encourages supporters to perform terrorist acts.
  • September 2014- Individual acts of terrorism start in response to the video of ISIS's encouragement.
  • October 2014- ISIS expands territory gains, continues executions, and claims of the expansion of their caliphate.
  • January 2015- Japanese journalists are captured, one killed, one used to demand the release of an Iraqi.
  • January 2015- A car bomb is detonate by ISIS supporters.
  • January 2015- Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto is executed.
  • February 2015- A Jordanian pilot gets burned alive and many hostages are killed by airstrikes or executed.
  • February 2015- 'Jihadi John', the executioners of many westerns is identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a UK citizen.
  • 2015/2016- Executions by ISIS are carried out, bombings, airstrikes, territorial gains, and losses occur.
  • November 2015- Paris attacks. Shootings and bombings by ISIS on innocent civilians causes worldwide outrage.

Allies and Enemies

ISIS has made many enemies in their path of destruction. However, they also made some allies that are willing to take over the world under the name of Allah their God. Members of the Baath party, a group of Arab socialists whose ideological objectives are secularism, socialism and pan-Arab unionism, which is the belief to unify North and West Africa, through the Atlantic to the Arabian Sea into a single Muslim State. Former members of Al-Qaeda, some Iraqi tribal leaders and Suddam Hussein loyalist also support ISIS.


Some of ISIS's enemies are Christians, they believe everyone should believe in their God, Allah and if you do not you should be killed. However, the group ISIS targets others who practice Islam, Shi'as, who do not believe in the legitimacy of the first successors of Islam. The Iraqi government and military are trying their best to fight off ISIS and bring them to an end. Shi'a militias, Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria along with the Syrian regime are also trying to fight them off. Lebanese militants called Hezbollah, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United States, and parts of Europe are also enemies of the ISIS extremist group, most nations are willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the extremist group.

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Our Plan

Step One

1. Find a civil place to have conversations

We should find a place to be able to have civil conversations without the threat of being killed or imprisonment by either sides.

Step Two

2. Negotiate reasonable territory and keep the public on all sides informed

One of objectives of ISIS is to reform a Muslim State. We should negotiate a reasonably amount of territory, restrictions on the government, and the safety of the citizens living in the territory who are not Sunni Muslims.

Step Three

3. Decrease the influence of western culture

The Middle East had been hostile towards the increase of western culture in their countries. Some countries have started allowing more western culture in their societies, though, for the nations that dislike having western influence in their cultures, there should be a decrease in western cultures.

Step Four

4. Plan to decrease the violence on both sides of the war

The number of casualties are rising from this war. There are many weapons and bombs that are being fired in areas with civilians, who are getting caught up in this war. Reducing the amount of arms each side has and a decrease in violent operations from both sides of the war would help bring the war to an end.

Thesis

The terrorist group ISIS has been using violence to try to gain territory and power, however, we should figure out a civil place to communicate, negotiate reasonable territory, keep the public on both sides informed and updated on plans and possibly strikes, have Western influence decreased in the Middle East, and decrease violence on both sides.

Sources

The Brookings Project On U.s. Relations With The Islamic World, and Analysis Paper. From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of the Islamic State (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 16 May 2016.

Di Giovanni, Janine, Leah McGarth Goodman, and Damien Sharkov. "How Does ISIS Fund Its Reign of Terror?" Newsweek. Masthead, 6 Nov. 2014. Web. 20 May 2016

Neriah, Jacques, Dr. "The Structure of the Islamic State (ISIS)." Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs. N.p., 08 Sept. 2014. Web. 16 May 2016.

CBC. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2016. <http://www.cbc.ca/news2/intereactives/Isis>.

"CNN - Breaking News, Latest News and Videos." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 20 May 2016.

John, Tara. "This Timeline Shows the Rise of ISIS." Time. Time, 9 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 May 2016

"Paris Attacks: What Happened on the Night - BBC News." BBC News. N.p., 9 Dec. 2015. Web. 20 May 2016.