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originally posted by: TheKnightofDoom
a reply to: Deny Arrogance
Isis was formed in 1999 dude.
In early 2006, Zarqawi brought together a number of other Iraqi insurgent factions and established the Majlis Shura al-Mujahedin (MSM) with AQI at the top.18 This process was further consolidated after Zarqawi’s death on June 7, 2006. On October 15, a statement titled “Announcing the Establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq”19 was released by Muharib al-Juburi, ISI’s new information minister. And on November 10, AQI’s replacement for Zarqawi,20 Abu Hamza al Muhajir, pledged baya to the newly appointed leader of ISI, Abu Omar alBaghdadi.
In contrast, excitement surged online over the prospect of an Islamic state following ISI’s announcement of its own establishment. Since the announcement, all major online jihadist forums list the number of days since the Islamic state was formed (2,813 days, as of June 26, 2014).
In the years after ISI’s relative decline, though not outright defeat, violence in Iraq receded.
In April 2013, overt enmity between ISIS and alQaeda broke out in full when ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced that he was extending the Islamic State of Iraq into Syria and changing the group’s name to the Islamic State of Iraq and alSham.
The group first began referring to itself as the Islamic State (الدولة الإسلامية ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah) or IS in June 2014, when it proclaimed itself a worldwide caliphate, and named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
I love the conviction and fact checking for both sides of this argument. But this is again an example of the media evoking division in election season. We all hate the two party system and alot of us find ourselves feeding the issues we're supposed to. It doesn't matter which position we alow it and we are to blame.
originally posted by: ColdWisdom
I wouldn't say that Obama founded the Islamic State.
But his (and Hillary's soon to be) policies have certainly fostered and aided the growth and surge of radical Islamism in the middle east and in the west.
He refuses to bomb their oil fields because of climate change, he laid out a 'no boots on the ground' policy, he drew a red line that was crossed.
If I were a radical Islamist with money to use to manipulate American politics, I would most certainly do everything I could to make sure the current administration's policies prevailed after this election. And by that I mean, I would support Hillary Clinton.