House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels. Diane Foley: 'I got an email from ISIS'. ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State? ISIS is translation of the acronym in Arabic for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-ShamU.S. officials, the U.N., some media use ISIL: Islamic State in Iraq and the LevantJihadist group prefers "the Islamic State" or just "the State" (CNN) -- Is it ISIL, ISIS or Islamic State? Whatever you call the jihadist group known for killing dozens of people at a time, carrying out public executions, beheadings, crucifixions and other brutal acts, there is no denying they have captured the world's attention. On the eve of President Barack Obama's speech outlining Washington's strategy against the group, in which he will likely refer to it as ISIL, we ask: What's in a name?
It all started in 2004 when the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi formed an al Qaeda splinter group in Iraq. Within two years, al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq was trying to fuel a sectarian war against the majority Shiite community. Terrorists finding recruits in Canada Why is U.S. not targeting ISIS leaders? Twitter: Looking into terror threats. New York Times: A survivor's retelling of ISIS massacre. Your video will begin momentarily. Ali Hussein Kadhim recounts ISIS massacre in New York TimesHe tells Times he survived by feigning deathISIS uses brutality as calling card, often purposely capturing atrocities on video (CNN) -- Ali Hussein Kadhim was not supposed to live to tell his story or that of the hundreds of other Iraqi soldiers and Shiites who were massacred in June by ISIS militants in Tikrit. But on the execution line that day the bullet destined for him whizzed past his head and he fell forward feigning to be fatally wounded.
Kadhim lived to tell his story to the New York Times, which produced a gripping video offering a rare survivor's retelling of one of countless massacres carried out by the brutal Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "It took 23 days from the day of the massacre until he was reunited with his family," Adam Ellick, a senior video journalist for the New York Times, told CNN Thursday. Brutality has become a propaganda tool for the militants. New U.S. warplanes, drones strike ISIL 04.09.14 (2 videos) Al Qaeda battles ISIS for global jihadist leadership. Your video will begin momentarily.
ISIS was expelled from al Qaeda in February Analyst: ISIS' traipse through Iraq represents an ideological blow to al QaedaThere are still plenty of places where al Qaeda supporters are active (CNN) -- One man more interested than most in what President Barack Obama will have to say in his address to the nation Wednesday night is al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. In his hideout somewhere in Pakistan or Afghanistan, he will likely be hoping that the President sets out a plan to exterminate the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a group that has eclipsed al Qaeda and made al-Zawahiri seem virtually irrelevant. Al-Zawahiri and the core of al Qaeda are locked in battle with ISIS for the leadership of the global jihadist movement -- offering very different visions and strategies.
ISIS was expelled from al Qaeda in February after rejecting al-Zawahiri's demand that it restrict its activities to Iraq. Who's worse? Poll: 90% say ISIS poses threat to U.S. US Will Bomb ISIS In Syria: Where The Military Will Strike [MAP] President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that the U.S. would fight the Islamic State from the air. The militant group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and "in acts of barbarism," is responsible for the beheadings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff. "If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region -- including to the United States," Obama said.
"In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. “America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat,” Obama said. “This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.” Obama said the mission in Syria would be similar to past efforts to fight terrorism in Yemen and Somalia, which could indicate that the U.S. will use drones to hit ISIS strongholds. Washington Risks Falling for Syria's ISIS Strategy, Again. The CIA estimates there are now as many as 31,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq murdering and enslaving anyone who opposes them — a death cult obsessed with publishing its own brutality online, such as the latest beheading video of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines.
News analysis But the White House is vowing to fight, declaring the United States is now at war with ISIS and will build an international coalition to crush the group. So far, the most enthusiastic response has come from the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. It’s hardly surprising. Washington fell for it once, and may do so again. April 2003 In April 2003, the Middle East looked very different from today. Saddam, back then the Arab world’s most notorious strongman, was on the run. American television commentators and military analysts openly discussed which regime should be attacked after Iraq. Charles Krauthammer wrote in The Washington Post in 2005: “Syria is the prize. A good neighbor? Then-President George W. ISIS: British connection to the beheadings (Opinion) Your video will begin momentarily. ISIS executioner, tall man with London accent, has beheaded a third man, a UK aid workerPeter Bergen says British officials believe they know the identity of the killerA UK estimate puts the number of Westerners fighting in Syria at more than 2,600Bergen: UK officials not releasing the name of the killer "for operational reasons" Editor's note: Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at the New America Foundation and the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden.
" (CNN) -- He has beheaded again. The tall, masked British man with the London accent, working with ISIS. His first two victims were American journalists. British Prime Minister David Cameron hastily assembled a meeting of his top national security advisers in the early hours of Sunday morning to discuss what can be done. According to British officials, Cameron knows the identity of the British executioner. ISIS executes David Haines, Cameron vows justice. Westerners in Syria fight top concerns at forum.
Annual Aspen Security Conference brings together top national security figuresDiscussion tends to trend toward current eventsTSA administrator says improvised explosives more of a concern than shoot-downsThere might be a less-publicized reason that 2009 underwear bomb didn't detonate Aspen, Colorado (CNN) -- Concerns about westerners joining the fight in Syria dominated the annual Aspen National Security Forum with top U.S. government officials equating the threat from the stalemated Syrian civil war to that posed by al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate. Michael Vickers, the Pentagon's undersecretary for intelligence, said there are now believed to be thousands of western passport holders, many with easy visa access to enter the United States, who are among foreign fighters in Syria.
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