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Iraq crisis: What and who is ISIS?

The militant group offers a compelling proposition to would-be jihadists

By Josh Lowe  

Turkish assistance in tackling IS has been welcomed, but how to resolve their conflict with the Kurds?

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…

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