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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is a Sunni jihadist militant group, which is influenced by the Wahhabi version of Islam.

ISIS was started in the early years of the Iraq War and was composed of different insurgent groups. Its aim was to establish a caliphate in the Sunni majority regions of Iraq, later expanding this to include Syria.

In February 2014, after an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties with ISIL It has since denounced the actions of ISIS as anti-Islamic.

On June 29, 2014, the group self-declared its caliphate in Syria and northern Iraq, with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being named its caliph. It renamed itself ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah "Islamic State" (IS).

Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS). 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.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies.

ISIS publishes an actual glossy, full-color magazine called "Dabiq," complete with articles and photo spreads about their terrorist acts.

The CIA believes that ISIS has between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters on the ground.

According to leaked ISIS data, only 5 percent of recruits had an advanced knowledge of Islam before joining the group.

ISIS members believe that they will go directly to hell if they are killed by a woman, so they are terrified of female soldiers.

ISIS militants have been using plastic Darth Vader masks to protect their faces from shrapnel.

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