The militant group offers a compelling proposition to would-be jihadistsby Josh Lowe / June 12, 2014 / Leave a comment
ISIS: the militant islamic force now threatening to take control of northern Iraq
What is ISIS?
It is a Sunni Muslim militant group operating in Western Iraq and Syria. The name is an acronym, standing for “the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (the Levant).” The group has dominated headlines this week after launching an assault on the northern part of Iraq, conquering the city of Mosul (population 1.8m). With a reputation as ferocious fighters, they reportedly met with little resistance as professional security forces fled the city in the face of their advance. “The city fell like a plane without an engine,” a local businessman told The Guardian. “[ISIS militants] were firing their weapons into the air, but no one was shooting at them.”