And what is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and how afraid of them should everybody be?
Thu Jun. 12, 2014 3:42 PM EDT
Iraq is rapidly slipping out of government control as an army of Al Qaeda-inspired militants storms toward Baghdad. Here’s what we know about who these fighters are and what drives them.
Who are these militants?
Some of the fighters are part of an Al Qaeda offshoot known as The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). A Sunni militant group led by an Iraqi named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS grew out of Iraq’s Al Qaeda faction. US troops fought with ISIS and its predecessor until the day they withdrew from Iraq in December 2011. >>> to read more, visit here. >>> http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/iraq-isis-militants-syria-explainer