The Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria

979 WordsOct 26, 20154 Pages
Many years ago ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) didn’t exist while the U.S was stationed in the country but that has drastically changed. Now ISIS is one of if not the most dominate transnational terrorist organizations in the Middle East coupled with sophisticated command, control, and logistical capabilities. But how did this come to be? Initially, Isis is the aftermath of a genocide that continued after the U.S left the territory. the result of 200,000 murdered Syrians and of millions more displaced and divorced from their hopes and dreams. Isis 's rise is also a reminder of how Bashar al-Assad 's Machiavellian embrace of al-Qaida would come back to haunt him. Facing Assad 's army and intelligence services, Lebanon 's Hezbollah, Iraq 's Shia Islamist militias and their grand patron, Iran 's Revolutionary Guards, Syria 's initially peaceful protesters quickly became disenchanted, disillusioned and disenfranchised – and then radicalised and violently militant. The Shia Islamist axis used chemical weapons, artillery and barrel bombs to preserve its crescent of influence. Syria 's Sunni Arab revolutionaries in turn sought international assistance, and when the world refused, they embraced a pact with the devil, al-Qaida. With its fiercely loyal army of transnational jihadis, al-Qaida once again gained a foothold in the heart of the Middle East. Fuelled by the hate and fear engendered by images of dismembered children or women suffering from the effects of

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