The Rise and History of ISIS, Part III: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Potential for Global Fundamentalist Jihad (2011-Present)
The proclamation of the caliphate, the Islamic State, created the fundamental differentiation with al-Qaeda, although the “establishment of a caliphate had been an eventual goal for Osama Bin Laden” (Brown 203). Under the leadership of al-Baghdadi, another ISIS policy which further differentiated them from the likes of al-Qaeda, and the Taliban is their explicit challenging of international borders. Albeit arbitrarily drawn borders by European powers “borders such as Sykes-Picot border, secretly agreed upon in 1916” (Burke 91). For al-Baghdadi, the declaration of the caliphate would mean that a “Muslim who wanted to follow his faith would not have to...
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...g of the Assad regime by Russia, and Iran, only aid ISIS’ claims of the west as the enemy. Moreover, these interventionist efforts by nation’s who propped up authoritarian puppet regimes, and left a brutal colonial legacy (i.e., France/Algeria, Great Britain/Egypt) that have left Muslim nations, impoverished, underdeveloped and divided, as well as a history of discrimination against minorities living in western countries actualizes the potential global threat of ISIS. We could coming years, see ISIS turn into the global terrorism network that they are currently being portrayed as. However, in 2016, they are still focused on sectarian strife as means of gaining hegemony over the Middle East. And it is through the aiding of western politicians and mass media that ISIS has been to build themselves up from contemporary phenomenon to a global fundamentalist jihad threat.
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