Splintering out of Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is recognized as an Islamic Jihadist Militant group aiming to take over large land areas with the ultimate goal of becoming a powerful, stand-alone nation.
The fighting members of ISIS are those of Sunni Islamic background who adhere to strict Sharia Law. Basing their actions on a literal interpretation of the Koran, ISIS extremists are known for their public acts of female oppression, beheading of enemies, and stoning of those who fail to follow their religious Islamic duties.
Having committed multiple acts of terrorism in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has been receiving heavy media attention, and it will only grow with each new strike. Much like its predecessor the “Taliban,” ISIS is now a very well-organized, well-funded, and very widespread terror organization.
Much of their funding comes from extortion and robbery, but they are now beginning to establish legitimate businesses and build up their infrastructure. Over just this past summer, ISIS managed to take control of Mosul and Tikrit, two large cities in Iraq, and they are not stopping there.
ISIS has gained worldwide infamy for their use of social media networks as a means of spreading terror across the world, particularly in media-driven countries like the United States and its European allies. Most notably, on August 19, 2014, ISIS members recorded the beheading of captive American journalist James Foley, and then proceeded to upload the video onto YouTube.
The beheading was a threat directed at the U.S., and a response to President Barack Obama’s early-August decision approving the use of targeted airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. The YouTube video contains a man wearing a black robe covering everything but his eyes threatening the lives of more American citizens if the U.S. employs airstrikes against Jihadists in Iraq. The unidentified man then proceeds to threaten the life of another kidnapped American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
Sadly, less than a month later, on September 2nd, another video is posted. Featuring, seemingly, the same executioner as the Foley beheading, the video shows a man in a black robe decapitating journalist Steven Sotloff.
Before being killed, Sotloff, who was surely reading from a statement prepared for him by his captors, mentions how President Obama failed to accomplish many of the promises made in his election speeches. Sotloff emphasizes how Obama lied to bring back American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, initiating a war against the Islamic State.The executioner then states that it is because of Obama’s “arrogant foreign policy,” and his “goal” of killing Islamic people, Sotloff will be killed as a warning and threat. The terrorist then warns U.S. allies not to meddle in Islamic State affairs.
Almost two weeks after Sotloff’s execution, the same man who killed Foley and Sotloff strikes again. Posting another recorded execution, the man in all black beheads British aid worker David Haines on September 13th. The executioner mentions that it is because of Britain’s “evil alliance with America” that he is beheading Haines. The terrorist ends the video with a threat aimed at British Prime Minister David Cameron, saying there will be more “blood-washed terror” against his people if he does not end the U.S.-British alliance. It is said that the next victim will be British captive citizen Alan Henning. As a response, Cameron announces plans to send airstrikes against the group. ISIS is not merely a foreign threat, and they want every American to know that. ISIS is making their presence on U.S. soil known, on what appears to be their favorite mode of spreading terror, social media networks.
ISIS is using the hash tag “#AmessagefromISIStoUS” to let American citizens know they are roaming around large cities. Along with the hash tag, Islamic State members and supporters are posting pictures with a hand holding a ripped paper with a written Islamic message: “We are in your state, We are in your cities, We are in your streets, You are our goals anywhere.” The backgrounds of these pictures are well-known American landmarks such as the White House.
The threat is real, and closer than one might think. ISIS is already here, walking amongst us, a fact they are all too willing to share. But, you don’t have to believe me, just check your Twitter feed. I just hope President Obama has been checking his.tag“#AmessagefromISIStoUS” to let American citizens know they are roaming around large cities. Along with the hash tag, Islamic State members and supporters are posting pictures with a hand holding a ripped paper with a written Islamic message: “We are in your state, We are in your cities, We are in your streets, You are our goals anywhere.” The backgrounds of these pictures are well-known American landmarks such as the White House.
The threat is real, and closer than one might think. ISIS is already here, walking amongst us, a fact they are all too willing to share. But, you don’t have to believe me, just check your Twitter feed. I just hope President Obama has been checking his.
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