The Threat of ISIS


Desirae Merritt, Staff Writer

The ISIS terrorist organization has dominated the news for the past few weeks, but most people know little about who they are, what they are doing, and how they are being stopped.

ISIS is an Islamic group based in the Middle East. The name ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS is also referred to as ISIL, it is the same terrorist group but ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. They are a terrorist group who will go to extreme measures in order to create an Islamic state without boarders that strictly follows their idea of Islam.

ISIS are Sunni Muslims that follow the basics of al-Qaeda. However, they were kicked out of al-Qaeda for being too violent and severe so they formed their own group. They formed in 2004 and failed to captured the media’s attention but have become more active in the past two months and now dominate the news.

The group started off small, but has grown into a larger organization because citizens from other countries that shared their beliefs joined. Some of these new members are considered traitors to their home countries and are being stopped and arrested if they attempt to return.

The strategy of ISIS is to strike fear into people and force them into submitting to their extremist view of the Islamic religion. They have used social media by posting videos of beheadings and torture, and sending these to big news centers. This has been successful in getting people to notice them and to fear their violence and persistence.

The deaths of hostages from all over the globe and the videos of beheadings of two American journalists have not been overlooked and have caused much controversy. People are now questioning what our government will do to stop ISIS.

While their presence has been noticed, President Obama has not said much about his strategy to stop them, until recently.

“Our objective is clear:” President Obama stated, “We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”

Obama is slowly but surely taking steps to end the terrorist reign of ISIS. His plan is taking effect but will take time to be completed. He is sending in airstrikes and overhead surveillance to keep tabs on ISIS’s whereabouts and to stop them by bombing if necessary. But not everyone agrees with this strategy.

“Airstrikes are a bad idea, because what about civilian casualties?” James Coiffetelli, junior, said when asked about Obama’s methods.

The president does not want to send troops back into Iraq, but he may eventually be forced to.

While this group may seem intimidating, the government assures the American public everything is being done to keep them at bay from invading other countries and to overall stop them.