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ISIS is an acronym which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and it’s also been known as ISIL which is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. ISIS has gained worldwide publicity and attention after capturing areas within Iraq in the process of establishing an Islamic State. ISIS has been called a terrorist organization, I agree with that statement but they also should be considered a militia that is very well trained in guerrilla warfare tactics. It could also be described as a militant movement, having conquered areas in western Iraq and eastern Syria in an effort to create an official Islamic state. ISIS was created by a Jordanian extremist named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 1999. Al-Zarqawi’s new group decided to align themselves…show more content…
After these two groups split, ISIS became a self-sustained group and it evolved into the group that we know about today. In 2014, ISIS proclaimed itself as the caliphate and they also renamed their organization to the “Islamic State” and I will refer to them as so for the remainder of this paper. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader since 2010, proclaimed himself as the caliphate and that he was the authority figure and “leader for Muslims everywhere.” In April 2013, they made huge gains in Northern Syria and became the strongest group in the…show more content…
It may be the richest terrorist group, but most of their money comes from within Iraq, with less than five percent coming from outside of Iraq. Oil and natural gas extraction provides the vast majority of the Islamic State’s income. They produce an estimated fifty thousand barrels a day from both Syrian and Iraq wells. After they produce this oil they sell it for below market price and still net between one and three million dollars a day. The people who buy this oil only do so because the oil is available for far below market price. They also created a network of pipes that flows below the Syrian-Turkey border, which they use to supply the oil to expecting customers. The United States targeted the oil refineries that were under the Islamic State’s control by multiple bombing campaigns. Some experts predict that they could be making one hundred million dollars per month if the Islamic State would capture more oil fields and natural

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