ISIS: Inside the Mind of the Madness

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Source: Business Insider

All of us have seen the aftermath of an ISIS terrorist attack. Many times this extremist group attacks unarmed civilians in public places, seemingly striking at random for no better reason than to spread fear, chaos, and death. Well believe it or not, there is a method to their madness, a core set of twisted beliefs that allow them to rationalize and justify their actions. Here is the inside scoop on ISIS.

ISIS, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and also known as ISIL or IS, is a Sunni militant group that formed from Al Qaeda fragments following the fall of Bin Laden’s regimen in Iraq. ISIS began with the ultimate goal of creating its own unified Islamic state to enforce a Sunni interpretation of the Laws of the Quran and ultimately eradicate Western ideals. The motive for the formation of ISIS stemmed from a theological difference between the minority Sunnis and a politically strong Shiite government put into place following the U.S. involvement in the Iraq war.

ISIS believes in the purification of Islamic society based on an apocalyptic belief that a final day of judgement, marked by the arrival of Imam Mahdi, is near. This doomsday approach that emphasizes “the end is near” mentality is the main recruiting message used in ISIS propaganda. ISIS’s views call for the allegiance of all Muslims across the world and the eradication of those that do not conform to their beliefs.

The main goal of ISIS is to establish a world government that will return Islam to a “pure” state under leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is considered the successor to the prophet Muhammed. ISIS has recruited Sunni members throughout Iraq, and was able to spread their influence into Syria following the Syrian civil war. Acquisition of land, weapons, and natural resources has allowed ISIS to increase its military presence, resulting in more brutal and blatant attacks throughout the world.

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