ISIS- How it all began

ISIS- How it all began

The Caliphate has declared war against the world, and Syria is under the cruciatus curse. The world is weeping for every life lost, and refugees are fleeing borders for their lives. How did all this begin? Where did the jihadist ideology sprout from?
ISIS or the ‘Islamic Caliphate’ is a militant group that has procured large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq and has pledged allegiance to several other such jihadist groups. They’ve been governing these ‘acquired territories’ for more than 10 years now. Shocking isn’t it, that only after all these years we’ve come to know about them?
In 2003, when USA and Iraq were at each other’s throats, a large number of Iraq’s military servants were displaced and left unemployed. Infuriated by USA’s intervention, these military servants established al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) to fight the Americans. But due to poor deployment of their forces, AQI lost, and peace ALMOST dawned on the Middle East.
Then came the Arab Spring, the tragic period when Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, shot and gassed his own people, as a result of their uprising against him. AQI capitalised on the situation and drew a new alliance with the Assad regime. Soon after that, Syria became AQI’s base of operations and, AQI renamed itself to become ‘ISIS’ (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
The Syrian Civil War gradually incinerated, and before anybody could do anything about it, ISIS captured major cities like Raqqa and Mosul after which, they rose to their glory through filmed executions of its prisoners.
Even 5 years after the Syrian Civil War, they stand strong. But alone. Today, they stand as a symbol of violence and terrorism, instilling fear in nations trying to grapple with them. But here’s what most people, including American presidential candidates, have misinterpreted: They DO NOT represent the views of the vast majority of the Muslims. The majority of its victims have been Muslims and its twisted interpretation of the Koran is not shared by the 1 billion+ adherents of the Muslim faith.

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Janani Harinarayanan
When I’m not watching a DC super hero do his crime fighting, I’m usually travelling, writing, reading books or cussing over my fitness regime.

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