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Monday, June 29, 2015


            I will post information about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria also known as ISIS from Wikipedia and a video link from Vice News.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام (Arabic)
ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fī 'l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām

Primary target of the Global War on Terrorism and of the Military intervention against ISIL: in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Nigeria.

Flag of the Islamic State (IS), also known as "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) or "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). This flag is also used by al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Boko Haram.
Motto: باقية وتتمدد
Bāqiyah wa-Tatamaddad
"Remaining and Expanding"
Anthem: أمتي قد لاح فجر
Ummatī, qad lāḥa fajrun
"My Nation, A Dawn Has Appeared"

Administrative center
Ar-Raqqah, Syria
(de facto capital)
35°57′N 39°1′E
Largest city
Military strength & operation areas
Inside Syria and Iraq
200,000 (Kurdish claim)
20,000–31,000 (CIA estimate)
Outside Syria and Iraq
32,600–57,900 (See Military of ISIL for more-detailed estimates.)
Estimated total
Deputy leader
Deputy leader in Syria
Deputy leader in Iraq
Military chief
Governor of South & Central Euphrates
Chief spokesperson
Chief of Syrian military operations
Joined al-Qaeda
October 2004 
Declaration of an Islamic state in Iraq
13 October 2006 
Claim of territory in the Levant
8 April 2013 
Separated from al-Qaeda
3 February 2014 
Declaration of caliphate
29 June 2014 
Claim of territory in Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
13 November 2014 

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL /ˈaɪsəl/; Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام‎), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS /ˈaɪsɪs/), or simply as the Islamic State, is a Salafi jihadi militant group and self-proclaimed caliphate and Islamic state that as of March 2015 has control over territory occupied by ten million people in Iraq and Syria, as well as limited territorial control in Libya and Nigeria. The group also operates or has affiliates in other parts of the world including southeast Asia.

The group is known in Arabic as ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fī 'l-ʿIrāq wa-sh-Shām, leading to the acronym Da'ish, Da'eesh, or DAESH (داعش, Arabic pronunciation: [ˈdaːʕiʃ]), the Arabic equivalent of "ISIL". On 29 June 2014, the group proclaimed itself to be a worldwide caliphate, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being named its caliph, and renamed itself "Islamic State" (الدولة الإسلامية, ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah). The new name and the idea of a caliphate has been widely criticised and condemned, with the United Nations, various governments, and mainstream Muslim groups all refusing to acknowledge it. As caliphate, it claims religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide and that "the legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organisations, becomes null by the expansion of the khilāfah's [caliphate's] authority and arrival of its troops to their areas". Many Islamic and non-Islamic communities judge the group to be unrepresentative of Islam.

The United Nations has held ISIL responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes, and Amnesty International has reported ethnic cleansing by the group on a "historic scale". The group has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Egypt, and Russia. Over 60 countries are directly or indirectly waging war against ISIL.

The group originated as Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004. The group participated in the Iraqi insurgency, which had followed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq by Western forces. In January 2006, it joined other Sunni insurgent groups to form the Mujahideen Shura Council, which proclaimed the formation of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) in October 2006.

Under the leadership of al-Baghdadi, the ISI sent delegates into Syria in August 2011 after the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011. This group named itself Jabhat an-Nuṣrah li-Ahli ash-Shām or al-Nusra Front, and established a large presence in Sunni-majority areas of Syria, within the governorates of Ar-Raqqah, Idlib, Deir ez-Zor, and Aleppo.

In April 2013, al-Baghdadi announced the merger of his ISI with al-Nusra Front, and announced that the name of the reunited group was now the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). However, both Abu Mohammad al-Julani and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leaders of al-Nusra and al-Qaeda respectively, rejected the merger. After an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties with ISIL on 3 February 2014, citing its failure to consult and "notorious intransigence".

ISIL is known for its well-funded web and social media propaganda, which includes Internet videos of beheadings of soldiers, civilians, journalists and aid workers, as well as the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage sites.

The group gained prominence after it drove Iraqi government forces out of key western cities in Iraq. In Syria, it conducted ground attacks against both government forces and rebel factions in the Syrian Civil War. It gained those territories after an offensive, initiated in early 2014, which senior US military commanders and members of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs saw as a re-emergence of Sunni insurgents and al-Qaeda militants. Iraq's territorial loss almost caused a collapse of the Iraqi government and prompted renewal of US military action in Iraq.

Fighters of ISIS

Islamic State First Anniversary Scorecard: 3,027 Executed Including 74 Children, 86 Women

by Sarkis Zeronian30 Jun 2015

Executions: ISIS themselves has also been attacked for carrying out even more brutal executions, such as the ones from mid-June pictured above where militants marched up and down rows of bodies shooting them.
A report published by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on the first anniversary of the founding of Islamic State’s (IS) ‘caliphate’ highlights the execution of 3,027 people, 74 children among them.

The radical Sunni Islamist group did not discriminate, putting to death civilians, rebels, members of the regime forces and allied militiamen, as well as 143 fellow IS members.

Charges incurring the death penalty included: insulting God and the Prophet, sorcery, spying for the benefit of the ‘Nusayri’ regime, sodomy, fighting IS, apostasy, betrayal, protesting against IS, coordinating with the awakening movements in Turkey, spying against IS, belonging to Syria’s National Defence Forces, shiism, drug trafficking, banditry, dealing with and supporting YPG (Syrian Kurdish militia), sleeper cells to fight IS, being trained by the international coalition in Turkey, establishing wakening movements to fight IS, recruiting al-Shaitaat people in Palmyra camp and other charges.

In addition to the 74 executed children, the report suggests that of the 1,787 civilians shot, beheaded, burned, stoned, drowned or thrown from a height, 86 were women.

The Independent recently reported two boys under the age of 18 were crucified in Syria for not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. This is in addition to “several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive” set out in a report published in February by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The barbaric execution methods are not limited to children. As reported elsewhere on Breitbart prisoners of IS have been drowned in a locked cage, decapitated having been chained together with explosive necklaces and burned to death locked in a car hit by an RPG.

The extreme nature of the killings appears to be a means to an end, a propaganda device to spread fear and obedience among those under IS rule. Some outside observers have found it impossible to square with the Islam they know, leading them to denounce it as a form of heresy. Others have sought to place the blame with radical Islam’s usual suspects.

The Jerusalem Post reports a Syrian analyst who claims to have identified the source of IS unusual cruelty – “an insidious Israeli influence”. Hessam Shoaibran’s told Iran’s semi-official news agency FARS that IS barbarity stands apart from other groups’ actions in the Middle East and is therefore Israel’s fault, saying:

“Israel’s presence in [Islamic State’s] command center is indicated by the savagery of this terrorist group that is based on Talmudic rituals.”

The Jerusalem Post concluded:

“The Islamic State has featured a host of gruesome deaths as propaganda tools meant to galvanize potential recruits from across the world into joining its cause, yet while some Arab Israelis have left the country to join them, Israel’s Talmudic sages have yet to send their pupils to consult the jihadists on their tactics.”
The Islamic State (Full Length)
Published on Aug 14, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: VICE News Meets Barack Obama:
The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared its leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph.

The lightning advances the Islamic State made across Syria and Iraq in June shocked the world. But it's not just the group's military victories that have garnered attention — it's also the pace with which its members have begun to carve out a viable state.

Flush with cash and US weapons seized during its advances in Iraq, the Islamic State's expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of massacres emerged.

VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks embedded with the Islamic State, gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings.

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