The Truth About ISIS 10 Years Later

The Truth About ISIS 10 Years Later

( – There can be no argument that life in the United States changed forever on the morning of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group Al Qaeda hijacked four American airliners and took down the twin towers of the World Trade Center. After the war in Iraq, around 2013, various armies of terrorists splintered off and became known as ISIS — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIL — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Daesh — an Arabic acronym, depending on where in the world one lives. In the 10 years since, some things have changed, and some remain the same.

Building a Caliphate

Although the territory that ISIS held has been greatly reduced from its height in the mid-2010s, they are still a dangerous adversary, and military operations against them are continuing. According to a press release from the US Central Command (CENTCOM) regarding their Defeat ISIS Mission (D-ISIS), they “along with coalition and other partners conducted a total of 35 actions resulting in 13 ISIS operatives killed and 28 detained,” in April 2023 alone.

The origins of ISIS start in 2004 when a man by the name of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi decided to break away from the Al Qaeda Network of Osama bin Laden in an effort to establish a Sunni Islamist nation. To fully understand his aims, one must first realize that Islam is not just a religion; it is a system of government covering all aspects of life, including social, cultural, religious, military, and political behavior, all under the banner of Sharia (sometimes spelled Shari’ah) law.

ISIS was founded on the idea that it was fighting jihad, a holy war, and a document apparently published in 2014 from the White House Services website was developed with the intent “to define the enemy in the terms the enemy uses… in order to give US forces the best possible opportunity to defeat the enemy.” The document provides quotations from the holy texts of Islam, the Qur’an, and the hadith, which are the sayings and actions of their most revered prophet Muhammad that gives an insight into the mindset of the adherents to this philosophy of world domination.

In one of the many debacles the country has seen from President Joe Biden and his Administration, the pullout from Afghanistan undoubtedly ranks near the top. In August 2021, as people crowded around the military base in Kandahar, hoping against hope to get on a departing plane, an ISIS suicide bomber killed 13 US soldiers and an estimated 170 civilians.

In late April, the report indicated that the unnamed head of the cell responsible for the slaughter was killed. However, since Biden made sure the United States had no military presence in the country, that leader was taken out by the terrorist group (the Taliban) when the Americans abandoned Afghanistan and turned the country over to them.

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