Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is a terrorist organization that operates in Iraq and Syria. Founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, it grew out of al Qaeda in Iraq and the current name ISIS has been used since its split and rebuke by al Qaeda commanders in April 2013 for excess brutality. Its current leader is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
It has been fighting in the Syrian Civil War against Bashar al-Assad and is known for killing Christians in Syria.
In 2014 it took control of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Mosul. Since then Christians in Mosul have to pay "Protection taxes" for their faith.
- ↑ http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/06/10/229948/some-answers-about-the-islamic.html#emlnl=Morning_Newsletter
- ↑ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24179084
- ↑ http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/majid-rafizadeh/killings-of-christians-by-islamists-doubled-in-2013/
- ↑ http://www.aina.org/news/20140627135156.htm