ISIS - The Destruction of the World

Nick Jones

Who is ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, often translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and accordingly also commonly known as ISIS, is a Salafi jihadist militant group that follows an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam.


The group has referred to itself as the Islamic State (الدولة الإسلامية ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah) or IS ever since it proclaimed a worldwide caliphate in June 2014 and named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as itscaliph. As a caliphate, it claims religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide. The group's adoption of the name "Islamic State" and idea of a caliphate have been widely criticised, with the United Nations, various governments, and mainstream Muslim groups rejecting its statehood or caliphhood. As of December 2015, the group has control over vast landlocked territory in Iraq and Syria, with a population estimate ranging between 2.8 million and 8 million people and where it enforces its interpretation of sharia law. ISIL affiliates control small areas of Libya, Nigeria and Afghanistan and operate in other parts of the world, including North Africa and South Asia. ISIL gained prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by thecapture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre. The subsequent possibility of a collapse of the Iraqi state prompted a renewal of US military action in the country. In Syria, the group has conducted ground attacks on both government forces and rebel factions. The number of fighters the group commands in Iraq and Syria was estimated by the CIA at 31,000, with foreign fighters accounting for around two thirds, while ISIL leaders claim 40,000 fighters, with the majority being Iraqi and Syrian nationals.

Power Vacuum - Where?

In political science and political history, the term power vacuum is an analogy between a physical vacuum, to the political condition "when someone has lost control of something and no one has replaced them." The situation can occur when a government has no identifiable centralpower or authority.

Resources

"The Islamic State: Background (May 2016)." N.p., n.d. Web.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/ISISback.html


"What Is 'Islamic State'?" N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29052144>.


"Islamic State (IS) / Islamic State of Iraq and Ash Sham (ISIS) / Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS or ISIL, IS)." N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.trackingterrorism.org/group/islamic-state-islamic-state-iraq-and-ash-sham-isis-islamic-state-iraq-isis-or-isil>.

Interview

Dad - Bill Stukey


Question - What are your thoughts on ISIS?

Answer - They are barbaric and should be put down ASAP.


Question - How do you think the US Should stop the terrorist group of ISIS?

Answer - Wipe out all the Muslim countries and use weapons of massive destruction.