Who Is Isis? Or Osama?

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• Who is ISIS? They are a Sunni terrorist group that originates from the also Sunni terrorist group, al Qaeda, but specifically the Iraq faction, al Qaeda in Iraq. They are specifically a Sunni version of Islam called Salafism, which means Pious forefathers. The forefathers are the prophet himself and the earliest adherents. The individuals who are part of this group look to these forefathers as examples in behavior and everything else. They desire to follow their actions and lifestyles exactly. The original leader of this group was killed and a new leader rose to power, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, who was an experienced fighter. They lost their power in the Sunni Awakening in 2007, and then found a chance to regain power in Syria in 2011. By 2013, Baghdadi had spread back through Iraq and changed the name of his group to ISIS. But, ISIS is not part of al Qaeda anymore as Baghdadi had a falling out with Ayman al Zawahiri over another terrorist group.(5) This group follows a very specific realm of Islam called Sunni and their beliefs about the path to the day of Judgement has been a fundamental reasoning/justification for their actions and behaviors. While this group is not tied to al Qaeda it is still considered a branch of it. Osama bin laden characterized al Qaeda as an Islam group that was flexible, operating as a geographically diffuse network of autonomous cells. His terrorism was a prologue to a caliphate he didn’t expect to see in his lifetime. But, ISIS on the other hand…

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