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ISIS, ISIL, IS -- Which One Is Correct?

Mark Alexander · Aug. 28, 2014

So what to call the Islamist terrorist front that now controls much of Syria and Iraq, and is metastasizing across the region and into North Africa (and Europe)? The Islamic State is the caustic by-product of Obama’s politically motivated retreat from Iraq, and is seeking to establishing an Islamic caliphate in the larger region known historically as the Levant. The Islamic State has been known by its hybrid English and Arabic name – the Islamic State in al-Sham (ISIS), but media sources uniformly, and incorrectly assert the “IS” in ISIS means “Iraq and Syria.” Al-Sham refers to the Levant, the latter being a region that, historically, included Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and parts of Mesopotamia (Iraq), Turkey, Egypt and most notably, Israel. It is an area much broader than “Iraq and Syria.” ISIL has emerged from the Sunni al-Qa'ida terrorists network responsible for the September 11, 2001 attack on our nation. They are now the dominate asymmetric terrorist threat representing Jihadistan, that borderless nation of Islamic extremists that constitutes Muslim terrorist groups around the world. Our Patriot Post editors use ISIL because it is the designation used by the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community in order to more fully identify the scope of the territory (the Levant) over which ISIL asserts its rights to a caliphate. The Arabic form, الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام‎, is also referred to by American analysts as Da'ish, which is an Arabic acronym for ISIL. Make no mistake, the Islamic State is no “JV team” as Barack Obama asserted. ISIL presents a clear and present danger to the U.S. homeland and national security interests worldwide, and demonstrably, a threat to other western nations. And notably, the frequency of Islamist attacks in the U.S. sharply increased beginning with Obama’s first year in office.

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