The Rise of ISIS (or ISIL)
Right now in the Middle East, there is a group known as I.S.I.S. (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or I.S.I.L. (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) that is trying to conquer vast amounts of land in order to establish an Islamic Caliphate. They are commonly referred to as Muslim extremists operating as a Sunni-led movement.
I.S.I.S. seems to have emerged out of the turmoil in Syria as it was going through the Arab Spring Revolution and the unrest in Iraq following a lengthy war with the United States. There are many different places for where the emergence of I.S.I.S. can be blamed. Looking at Syria, many of the I.S.I.S. recruiters integrated themselves in the refugee camps as the recent revolution to topple Assad’s regime began in the country. These I.S.I.S. recruiters would focus on vulnerable people in the refugee camps, such as children. They would promise the children a much better life and blame their problems on the Western World. In Iraq, I.S.I.S. emerged largely due to there being a void for a strong government in the country after Saddam Hussein’s government collapsed. Once I.S.I.S. began winning battles and taking territory, it became much easier for them to raise money from all over the world, especially in Sunni-dominated countries in the Middle East. The rise of I.S.I.S. definitely has roots in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria.
I.S.I.S. is a group that does not show any signs of wanting to negotiate. They just want violence. That being said, they should be taken as a very serious threat to the national security of Western countries, and they should be dealt with quickly, without hesitation, and with force.