|A picture of supporters of ISIS|
|The flag of ISIS|
Post-Arab Spring- They supported the Egyptian protests stating that 'the doors of martyrdom had opened' and hoped it would encourage extremists in Gaza would follow their extremist views. During the Syrian Civil War the group expanded into Syria on the 9th April 2013 where they renamed themselves ISIS. Quickly they became a force to be reckoned with in Syria getting a large power base in Aleppo. With the US leaving Iraq in 2013/2014 they became more militant and declared an Islamic state in Fallujah in Northern Iraq. They became the dominant force in Iraq after defeating the Syrian army in 2013 and in May 2014 killing and crucifying several people. The following month they captured Mosul and easily defeated the Iraqi army who were both deterred by the group's extremism and having no loyalty to the corrupt Shiite government. On the 11th of June they captured another major city, Tikrit, and started heading towards Baghdad which prompted Obama to request US$500 million from Congress to fund and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS and the Iraqi government buying Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia and Belarus. ISIS has however brought together the US and Iran who both fear their growing strength in the area.
|Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: the current leader|
ISIS is currently one of the biggest threats to Iraq and Syria as well as anyone who disagrees with them. The UN has recently said that they are responsible for many war crimes including public executions and female genital mutilation. However only time will tell about what will happen.
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