The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria began from remnants of the terrorist group widely known as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), a Sunni Islamic Jihadist organization (an armed and violent religious-based militia). ISIS is now a terrorist militant group known for their public executions, human trafficking, and seizing vital resources for their economy. ISIS currently operates between its gained territories of Iraq and Syria, and is believed to control approximately four million Iraqis and Syrians living within the ISIS-controlled cities. Initially, the group was funded by extortions and robberies. Later, ISIS came into power relatively quickly by capturing oil fields in Syria, allowing the ability for the group to self-fund their mission. In 2010, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a highly educated militant jihadist from Iraq, took control of the group and joined forces with the al-Nusra front (another branch of al-Qaeda in Syria and Lebanon), further building a stronger group of radical militants. The group’s ma...
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...society of Muslims and remake it in their own image. In other words, ISIS wants to “purify the Muslim community.” While majority of Muslim and Islamic experts see eye to eye about ISIS being strictly radical jihadists on a political mission, there are a minority of experts and researchers that believe this group truly does have a religious goal behind all the brutal punishments and massacres because the Quran can and has been taken literally by some Muslims for 1400 years. Because of this, one expert determines, “The argument that ISIS’ brutality has nothing to do with religion simply does not hold.” The issue is ultimately one group’s interpretation of the Quran, just as there are many interpretations of the Holy Bible in Christianity. Only in time will the world know for certain if the Islamic State’s goal is that of a political vision, or of a religious vision.
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