Islamic State

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Islamic State (IS) (also known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)[1]) is a terrorist organization that operates in Iraq and Syria. Founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, it grew out of al Qaeda in Iraq[2] and the former name ISIS has been used since its split and rebuke by al Qaeda commanders in April 2013[3] for excess brutality. It was founded during the Operation Iraqi Freedom of 2003. Its current leader is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. IS currently fights non-Muslims, Shiite Muslims, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga troops.[4] The goal of IS is to construct an Islamic Caliphate in Syria and Iraq.[5]

Ramzan Kadyrov, (Chechnya), 38, said the U.S. secretly controls the Islamic State. [6] However this claim seems unlikely, because the Islamic State was only founded to fight the U.S. Documents obtained by a FOIA request of Judicial Watch show as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State and the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset in the fight against Bashar al-Assad. [7]


Syria and Iraq

It has been fighting in the Syrian Civil War against Bashar al-Assad and is known for killing Christians in Syria.[8]

In 2014 IS took control of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Mosul. Since then Christians in Mosul have to pay "Protection taxes" for their faith.[9] In 2015 IS defeated Iraqi troops and seized the city of Ramadi. IS now controls all the border areas between Syria and Iraqi.

Although Barack Hussein Obama fights IS now, he had supported the same crew in Syria.[10]


Islamic State fighters captured Gaddafi's home city of Sirte. Libya has been in near anarchy since NATO forces helped remove Gaddafi. [11]

Saudi Arabia

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque. [12]


Islamic State suicide bomber strikes a Shiite mosque injuring 13 people. Also in May 2015, IS forces executed 15 Yemeni soldiers by beheading. [13]

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