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-Currently just west of Baghdad
-Plan is to take over Baghdad
-Making gains into Anbar
-Took over Mosul and Tikrit
-Major cities in western Iraq and Syria
-Middle East (Islamic State)
-Turkey, Iraq playing huge part
-Taken over Anbar Province
-Hit and Kabaisa
What is terrorism?
Terrorism has no internationally recognized definition.
But, terrorism scholar Bruce Hoffman has several criteria that could be used to define terroism.
ISIL, ISIS, and IS
(Islamic State in Iraq and Syria)
Current ISIS Control
Hoffman, Bruce. (1998) Inside Terrorism. Retrieved from
Hoffman believes terroism has several common traits.
-Terrorism is inevitably violent, or uses valid threats of violence
-Terrorism has political aims.
-Terrorism has psychological reprocussions larger than the small group targeted.
-Terrorist organizations tend to have a decentralized organization.
-Terrorist organizations do not have a state. Their claims to government control over a landmass is not
recognized by any other international bodies.
What are their goals?
-Establish a Caliphate
By calling themselves a Caliphate they are calling all muslims to support their conflict.
-Return to an earlier state of Islam under older rules, what they believe to be Muhhammad and the Quran's message.
Stated area of ISIS goals
“Part corporation, part mob; part state and part charity” – Stasha Dudukovic
Who is ISIL
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
predominantly Sunni and jihadist group,seeks to sow civil unrest in Iraq and the Levant with the aim of establishing a caliphate
caliphate- a single, transnational Islamic state based on sharia
ISIL vs. Al-Qaeda
ISIL- believe they can create a center of gravity for like-minded elements worldwide by building and defending a working quasi-state on the ground
Al-Qaeda- prioritized transnational attacks against the United States and its allies to galvanize support
they share similar ideological outlooks, but ISIL has adopted a different strategy from its predecessor
To spread Islam and Islamic rule across the Sunni area.
People of christian faith are being targeted for conversion, humiliation, and annihilation.
Cause of Chaos
The U.S had given weapons instead of troops to support Syria during their war.
After the war and all the debt that comes with reconstruction after a war Syria ended up selling the previous US weapons.
Over $20 Million in ransom.
Ask for $3 Million per person.
Islamic State in Iraq declared their absorption of an al-Qaeda-backed militant group in Syria
Feb., ISIS and al-Queda split due to having different approaches.
Aug. 7, President Obama stated that if ISIS threatened the Kurdish capital, the US would start airstrikes.
Sept. 22, US began involvement on ISIS.
Involvement/Campaign centered around airstrikes on target bases/camp sites
10 Important Wrap-Up Facts
Taxes & Assets
Payment by goods.
WTI & Brent
not "true Islam"
"Now let's make two things clear: No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple."
- Barack Obama