Should We Go To War With ISIS?

================By: Anthony Ruggieri=================


Mrs. Grubbs

English IV Honors


Anthony Ruggieri

Should We Go To War With ISIS?

Gun shots are heard through the walls of your house, people screaming, trucks with armed men in the back patrol through your town. This is what happens on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria, and many other Arab countries. Along with local people being hurt and killed, these terrorists have killed American people too, and wont stop there. These terrorists are from a radical Islamic group with the name ISIS. You’ve probably seen them on the news or heard about them beheading American journalists. There has been much debate on wether our government should be more involved with this new terrorist threat. Some think that it would too much of a risk to send troops out and to lose them. Others think that we should defend our murdered American brethren, and want to start war and completely eradicate the ISIS terrorist group. Both sides are very adamant about their decisions, along with others who have different views on the subject, are very logical in their reasoning. So should we take a risk in losing soldiers and defending our nation, or risk being attacked by terrorist hellbent on destroying America and its values?

Poem 1

“Make Martyrdom What You Seek”

The bullets hit your hearts like the stings of a bee

You fall on your face as all you can see

Are the Gardens so wide when you’re put in the ground

You’ve been searching for years and now you have found

The Ultimate Prize, so sacred, so sweet.

Your bargain with your Lord is finally complete,

Because you are all martyrs without fear or grief

Who gave all you had for your precious belief,

You promised Him your souls and He promised you much more

Now you can enjoy what He’s kept in store

An endless reward for those who stood by

The covenant they made that towards death they would fly,

While graves burn the sinners and squeeze them so tight

You’re shown your places in the Garden, so spacious and bright,

On the Day when Great Terror shall steal all their words

Your souls will rest in the hearts of green birds,

Under the Great Throne with beauty beyond measure

At you ar-Rahmaan laughs, expressing his Pleasure,

Sufficient is this as a heavenly prize

But prepared for you is that never before seen by the eyes,

On your head is placed a crown, one jewel of which is worth

More than all of the jewels contained in this Earth,

You are brought to a gathering with companions so beautiful

The Prophets, the righteous and those who are truthful,

Al-Firdaws, where those of the Right Hand shall meet

Where the soil is white musk, so smooth and so sweet,

You scoop up a handful and throw it in the air

You are relaxed by the rivers flowing everywhere,

Water, milk and honey gushing forth non-stop

So thick and delicious you want to devour each drop,

You drink so much you almost end up falling

Into the flowing current, then you hear voices calling,

You turn and behold! The voices are singing

Coming from Maidens so fair and enchanting,

These are the Hoorees with round and firm chests

Pure untouched virgins, they’re better than the best,

Seventy-two in all, with large eyes of dark hue

Each one created especially for you,

They call our your name asking where you are

But to their disappointment, from the battles you are far,

Your heart is intoxicated by the pleasures of this life

Fear (of death) has wounded your manhood like a sharp knife,

A knife sharpened by the callers to Hell’s every door

Who pulled the sword from your hand and threw it to the floor,

And given you women, children and money instead

Convincing you ‘this is better than ending up dead’

But no! They are alive, rejoicing and provided for!

When asked what they desire, they will answer no more!

So be from the cream of this heavenly crop!

Shake off your fear and let your doubts drop!

Pick up the sword and grab your horse’s reins tight!

Throw off your armor and jump into the fight!

Make your path be none other than Islam’s high peak

Whose mountain is climbed by making death what you seek!

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Poem 2

“ A Soldier Died Alone”

Amidst the desert sands dawnings just begun,

battle rages on, bombing veils the rising sun.

A boy not yet a man holds a picture to his heart,

of loved ones not forgotten though oceans keep them apart.

Called to serve his country, land of freedom home of brave,

risking his existence for the lives that he may save.

Concealing his dismay he holds his head up high,

his arms embrace a trusted friend watching him slowly die.

A boy he is no more, on that day there stood a man,

his heart filled with rage, his mind fights to understand.

Raised to be a man of God, taught thou shalt not kill,

now placed upon the battlefield where there tis his only will.

Resting beneath the sunset, wounded he dreams of home,

lying on the desert's floor a soldier died alone.

Original Poem


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Research Paper

Anthony Ruggieri

Mrs. Grubbs

English IV Honors

November 19, 2014


Beheadings and terrorist attacks have been occurring recently over in Syria and Iraq, and other middle eastern countries, and it has shook the United States because of the murders of American journalists, along with other attacks and threats against

Americans. The people who are taking credit for these attacks are known as “ISIS or ISIL” which means: “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and the

Levant”. (“ISIS Fast Facts”) The goal of the ISIS group is to create a complete Islamic state over the Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria. ISIS is very well known for murdering dozens of people at the same time and having public executions, which include crucifixions and many other cruel acts. It has taken over large swaths of northern and western Iraq. The group currently controls hundreds of square miles, all controlled by illegal force; like how they rule by Sharia law. They ignore all international borders and have a presence from south of Baghdad all the way to

Syria's Mediterranean coast. ISIS's main way for funding and collecting money was through robbery and extortion. (“ISIS Fast Facts”) Very recently, the strategy of al-Baghdadi shifted to gathering all resources through large-scale attacks that are used to capture and hold territories. While being unable to serve for the new Iraqi government proceeding the disbandment of Saddam Hussein's military forces and armies, the former Iraqi soldiers then became

vicious ISIS fighters, says the Middle East expert Fawaz Gerges.

(“ISIS: The First Terror…) While tall of the countries of the world were shocked by ISIS’s quick and explosive capture of the city of Falluja, ISIS was planning a bigger and more important attack and capture of Mosul and the province of Nineveh. Operations in

Fallujah, and many other places in the western province of Anbar, drew the Iraqi forces away from the northern areas. They have developed an way to conduct operations like attacks on the security forces and suicide bombings, and forcefully gaining control of towns and cities in several areas at one time. The battle experience has turned all of those small militias and jihadist groups into a flexible force of vicious and cruel warriors capable of more sophisticated attacks. In their raids on Samarra, for an example, the ISIS fighters operated bulldozers to remove the barriers that were set in place since the U.S. occupied the area. (“ISIS: The First Terror…) Some analysts of these attacks and of the group expect more critical parts of Iraq, like the oil infrastructure around Mosul to be one of their future attack targets. This group is a radical and extremist Muslim group which acts as its own country, with a complete standing army and with only one leader, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi as the group’s “emir” , Baghdadi’s real name is Hamed Dawood Mohammed Khalil al-Zawi. Not very much is understood about al-Baghdadi, but his

biography was posted on a jihadist website in 2013 and was stated that he had earned a doctorate degree in Islamic studies from a university somewhere in Baghdad.

(“Who Are ISIS?”) He founded a militia in the Salaheddin and the Diyala provinces north of the the capitol of Iraq before joining forces with al Qaeda, which is also located in Iraq. Al-Baghdadi was held as prisoner for four years in a U.S. controlled prison in southern Iraq, Camp Bucca, he was released in 2009. After ISIS had created this

"Islamic State," some say he

renamed himself Al-Khalifah Ibrahim, and is now using that name with all of his

followers. Abu Muhammad al-Joulani was an ISI member, established Jabhat al-Jabhat al-Nusra in the middle of the year 2011, and then became the main jihad group in the Syrian war. Joulani received help from Baghdadi and from ISI financially and with troops. But

Baghdadi planned to gain influence over the increasingly powerful Jabhat al-Nusra by enlarging ISI's actions into Syria, forming “ISIS” in April of 2013. (“Around the Halls:…) ISIS was actually turning out to be more cruel, extreme, violent and crazy for not just Jabhat al-Nusra, but for al-Qaida itself, leading to Zawahiria publicly rejecting ISIS and also told ISIS to leave Syria and go back to Iraq. ISIS had lost land in Syria to Jabhat al-Nusra and its supporters. (“Who Are ISIS?”) But any thought that ISIS is depleted and declining in power has been disproven by their capture of Mosul, the second biggest city in Iraq. ISIS now holds territory that goes from east Aleppo, to Syria, to Falluja in west Iraq and also to the city of Mosul. (“Islamic State of…) Isis has shown its ruthlessness and brutality in the areas of Syria under its control, eastern Aleppo and the city of Raqqa. It was blamed for the February killing of a founding member of the Salafi group Ahrar al-Sham and the group's leader in Aleppo, Muhammad Bahaiah, who had close connections with senior al-Qaida leaders. It was also blamed for the assassination of Jabhat al-Nusra's leader in the Idlib governorate, Abu Muahmmad al-Ansari, along with his relatives, his wife, and and also his children. It called for the crucifixion of a man convicted for murder; other types of disciplinary action are amputations and beheadings. Even though they have a savage reputation, Isis has shown their pliability in Iraq to gain disgruntled Sunnis to the north opposing the

Shia government in Nouri al-Maliki. Mushreq Abbas wrote about Iraq for the Al-Monitor website, and he posts about how Baghdadi has made himself look like a substitute for the Sunni political class’s tribal leaders and average clerics whoare against a powerful central government. (“Islamic State of…)"Until now, Baghdadi's fighters have not harmed religious men…when the tribes refused to raise Isis banners in Falluja, he ordered his fighters not to raise the banner and try to co-opt the fighters of armed groups, clans or religious men," says Abbas. Differing from Iraq’s troops opposing them the Isis terrorists are extremely inspired, ready for war and supported heavily by weapons and fighters, journalists say. "It also runs the equivalent of a state. It has all the trappings of a state, just not an internationally recognised one," Douglas Ollivant of the N. A. F. told to the Washington Post. (“Around the Halls:…) They operate services, courts and schools, and they use their black and white flag and put them at every place that they occupy. In Raqqa, they also began consumer protection authority for food standards. Isis has boosted the strength of their forces by gaining thousands of different backgrounds of volunteers in Syria, some of them come from the US and others from Europe, and its calculated to have 10,000 men or more under their hand. Now that they have Mosul, Isis is in a better situation to prove their claim that they are the number one jihadi group ever. Charles Lister states, ”Isis now presents itself as an ideologically superior alternative to al-Qaida within the jihadi community and it has publicly challenged the legitimacy of al-Qaida leader

Ayman al-Zawahiri, as such it has increasingly become a transnational movement with immediate objectives far beyond Iraq and Syria."

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2004 - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi establishes al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).

2006 - Under al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda in Iraq tries to ignite a sectarian war against the majority Shia community.

June 7, 2006 - Al-Zarqawi is killed in a U.S. strike. Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, takes his place as leader of AQI.

October 2006 - AQI leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri announces the creation of Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), and establishes Abu Omar al-Baghdadi as its leader.

April 2010 - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi becomes leader of ISI after Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri are killed in a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation.

April 8, 2013 - ISI declares its absorption of an al Qaeda-backed militant group in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the al-Nusra Front.

Al-Baghdadi says that his group will now be known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

April 2013 - Al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani rejects ISIS's attempt to merge with the group.

February 3, 2014 - Al Qaeda renounces ties to ISIS after months of infighting between al-Nusra Front and ISIS.

May 2014 - ISIS kidnaps more than 140 Kurdish schoolboys in Syria, forcing them to take lessons in radical Islamic theology.

June 9, 2014 - Monday night into Tuesday, militants seize Mosul's airport, its TV stations and the governor's office. ISIS frees up to 1,000 prisoners.

June 10, 2014 - ISIS takes control of Mosul.

June 11, 2014 - ISIS takes control of Tikrit.

June 21, 2014 - ISIS takes control of Al-Qaim, a town on the border with Syria, as well as three other Iraqi towns.

June 28, 2014 - Iraqi Kurdistan restricts border crossings into the region for refugees fleeing the fighting.

June 29, 2014 - ISIS announces the creation of a caliphate (Islamic state) that erases all state borders, making al-Baghdadi the self-declared authority over the world's estimated 1.5 billion Muslims. The group also announces a name change to the Islamic State (IS).

June 30, 2014 - The United Nations announces that an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes.

June 30, 2014 - The Pentagon announces the United States is sending an additional 300 troops to Iraq, bringing the total U.S. forces in Iraq to nearly 800. Troops and military advisers sent to Iraq are there to add security to the U.S. Embassy and the airport in Baghdad, and to provide support to Iraqi security forces.

July 2014 - In Syria, all the cities between Deir Ezzor city and the Iraq border have fallen to ISIS, says Omar Abu Leila, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army.

July 3, 2014 - ISIS takes control of a major Syrian oil field, al-Omar. It is the country's largest oil field and can produce 75,000 barrels of oil daily.

July 17, 2014 - In Syria's Homs province, ISIS claims to have killed 270 people after storming and seizing the Shaer gas field.

July 24, 2014 - ISIS militants blow up Jonah's tomb, a holy site in Mosul.

August 8, 2014 - Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bomb artillery of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq. President Barack Obama has authorized "targeted airstrikes" if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the ISIS fighters.

August 19, 2014 - In a video posted on YouTube, U.S. journalist James Foley, missing in Syria since 2012, is decapitated by ISIS militants. The militants then threaten the life of another captured U.S. journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff.

September 2, 2014 - ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff's apparent executioner speaks in what sounds like the same British accent as the man who purportedly killed Foley. He's dressed identically in both videos, head to toe in black, with a face mask and combat boots. He appears to be of similar build and height. He waves a knife in his left hand, as did the militant in the video of Foley's death.

September 11, 2014 - The CIA announces that the number of people fighting for ISIS may be more than three times the previous estimates. Analysts and U.S. officials initially estimated there were as many as 10,000 fighters, but now ISIS can "muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria," a CIA spokesman tells CNN.

September 13, 2014 - ISIS militants post video on a website associated with the group, showing the apparent execution of British aid worker David Haines. This makes him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks. ISIS directs a statement at British Prime Minister David Cameron, threatening more destruction if Britain continues its "evil alliance with America." At the end of the video, the executioner threatens the life of Alan Henning, another British citizen held captive. The executioner appears to be the same one who killed both Steven Sotloff and James Foley.

September 23, 2014 - The United States carries out airstrikes against ISIS. The bombing is focused on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, a city in northern Syria.

October 3, 2014 - ISIS releases a video showing the apparent beheading of hostage Alan Henning. It blames the killing on the UK for joining the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In the same video, the group threatens the life of American aid worker Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

November 3, 2014 - The Iraqi government announces ISIS militants have killed 322 members of the Albu Minr tribe in a recent series of executions. According to Sheikh Nabil Al-Ga'oud, a leader in the Albu Minr tribe, the latest of these incidents occurred November 1, in which 75 members of the tribe were killed near the town of Hit.

November 13, 2014 - An ISIS social media account posts an audio message purportedly recorded by leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The speaker is heard saying the U.S.-led coalition to destroy ISIS is "terrified, weak and powerless." The 17-minute audio says the coalition's effort has been a "failure" and the coalition will be "forced" to "send ground forces to their deaths and destruction." The speaker also urges Islamic State fighters to take their battle everywhere and "light the Earth with fire upon all tyrants," and mentions U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to deploy 1,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq "under the claim they are advisers." CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the online message or when it was recorded.

November 14, 2014 - The U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria concludes that ISIS has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, and leaders of the militant group should be held accountable by organizations such as the International Criminal Court.

November 16, 2014 - ISIS militants claim to have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig in a video published to the Internet. Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig, is the fifth Westerner whom ISIS claims to have beheaded via video messages.

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Persuasive Essay

Should America be more involved with the threats and attacks from ISIS?

The group has attacked many people in the middle east, and has even murdered Americans overseas. While taking land by force and killing many to get there plans accomplished, they claim to be starting a new Islamic State. They have been reported to crucify people for their wrongdoings and stoning others for various reasons. They kill as if it is just something that happens every day and is normal, almost like they are doing it for fun. They were also reported to have abducted teenage girls and converted all of them to Islam.

As a nation who doesn't tolerate terrorism, the U.S. should fight back against this group, just like we did when al-Queda attacked us on 9/11. If someone is bullying you you wouldn't just walk away from that problem, because it would just keep happening until the bully has been stopped somehow. This situation is the same way, if America doesn't stand up and defend itself for a change this ISIS group could actually be bigger problem than it really is. We have the military power to overcome most battles, although this terrorist group is like none we've ever seen before, and the will power to stand tall even in the worst of times.

Some people believe that fighting back against the terrorist group could destroy our army, they think the ISIS militant group will be too strong and that we will end up losing. After hearing the reports of their military training and the number of people who wanted to fight on their side was astounding. It is scary for some people to think that our way of life could end if we start war with this group. These people are still right by thinking this because, it will be a very hard fought war if put into action.

With our military’s strength and size we can win a war against anyone we decide to fight against. The ISIS group may have more violent and destructive warriors but we have an army that exceeds theirs in size and the ability to decisively and strategically win, we also can work as a unit better and will not suffer as many deaths because our soldiers do not commit suicide. America needs to fight back not only to defend ourselves but to send a message that no one can change our rights and freedoms by killing thousands of people. Ending the ISIS group will be a win for America and the entire world and especially to Iraq and Syria, when they will no longer be under the control of these sick people. Freedom will eventually spread throughout the world one small step at a time.

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