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ISIS: A Militant Group Analysis

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The Islamic militant group ISIS, also known as the “Islamic State of Iraq” has grown rapidly over the past decade. ISIS is a terrorist group that was formed as a small group in Iraq in 2006 by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In 2009 ISIS shifted its focus from Iraq to the civil war in Syria. He started the group to focus based not just on fighting the Syrian government but to rather fight the people that rebel their ideas. Today ISIS is a group of an estimated 200,000 ruthless killers on a mission to wipe out anyone and everyone from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari’ah law. ISIS has executed more than 10,000 people, including women and children, in Iraq and Syria since 2014. According to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights (IOHR), “the soldiers and civilians who have been beheaded, shot dead, blown up, stoned to death and thrown off buildings for violating ISIS’s twisted laws all contributed to this mammoth death toll.” ISIS has…show more content…
After many years of civil war, young men do not have many options for work and want to be associated with the belonging to a group. The group attracts members not always by religious beliefs, but by promising the good life of providing the men with money so they are able to provide for their family. "There is no work, so you have to join them in order to live," Yassin al-Jassem said as he was a former ISIS member that fled the group. With the group saying that they will provide the everyday necessities that are scarce many feel that it is the only way they will be able to get by. ISIS members get access to food, free medical care, and housing. In contrast, people who aren’t ISIS members suffer under a poor economy with rising prices. ISIS can afford to pay people joining its organization through four main sources of income: oil, the sale of looted property, taxation and kidnapping
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