IS Unbeaten & Unabashed as they firm alliance with Boko Haram
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Leader: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
Founder: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
Headquarters location: Ar Raqqah, Syria
Motto: baqiya wa tatamadad (remaining and expanding)
Originated as: Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (1999)Officially known as the Islamic State and also by its Arabic language acronym Daesh, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is also widely referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIL and more commonly IS. It is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.
The group has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations and many individual countries. IS is widely known for its videos of beheadings and other types of executions of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, and its wide-scale destruction
of cultural heritage sites.
The United Nations holds IS responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes. IS also committed ethnic cleansing on an historic and unprecedented scale in northern Iraq
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