Topics: Al-Qaeda, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq War Pages: 4 (1512 words) Published: October 20, 2014
"We'll lead a broad coalition of nations who have a stake in this fight," Obama pledged in his weekly address, referring to the Islamic State by an acronym. "This isn't America versus ISIL. This is the people of that region versus ISIL. It's the world versus ISIL." (Anne, G. 9) The ISIS vs. ISIL debate over what to call the terrorists wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria continues to confuse. Take CNN, where the network uses ISIS exclusively, while Obama Administration officials use ISIL, and often in the same conversations between anchors and officials about the same topic. Apparently, the terrorists wanted to be called neither ISIS nor ISIL, claiming several months back that they were now just the Islamic State, period, since they said they have broken down national borders, according to The Washington Post. The Associated Press explained back in June why it had adopted ISIL rather than ISIS to describe the al-Qaida spinoff now leading Sunni militants. "The term ISIL also avoids the common misunderstanding, stemming from the initials ISIS, that the group's name is the 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,'" AP said. “Then why does CNN use ISIS rather than ISIL, given that the AP, the U.N. and POTUS have all opted for the latter?” The group originally identified itself as ISIS, so that is the name we are continuing with at this time," a CNN spokesperson said. (Eggerton, J. 2014). Frankly, The Wire doesn't care whether the group is called ISIS or ISIL, as long as it is called to account for the murder of two journalists and countless other atrocities. What is ISIS? The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was born out of the ashes of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which was established after the US-led invasion in 2003 and ultimately broke with Al Qaeda's core leadership in Pakistan. ISIS has fought for control of Sunni Arab areas in Syria against other jihadi groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra. Who are Isis? What does this murderous group want and how many British jihadists are...
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