It’s ironic how quickly we forgot the menace and havoc this troubled organization caused around the world. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as the Islamic State and also known by its Arabic-language acronym Daesh, is a militant group and a formerly unrecognized proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi jihadist doctrine of Sunni Islam.
While the world was busy cuddling this group and unable to address the atrocities committed by them, they quickly grow in popularity causing heinous and unimaginable crimes along their path.
2014 ushered in an unprecedented era as they took over 34,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq, from the Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad. In 2015, ISIS was believed to be holding 3,500 people as slaves, according to a United Nations report. Most of the enslaved were women and children from the Yazidi community, but some were from other ethnic and religious minority communities.
The whole world stood still as they posted videos of themselves beheading journalists, women and estimated to have killed over 322 members of a Sunni tribe in execution-style in 2015. Due to a lack of efficiency and comprehensive understanding amongst developed nations, they grow in reputation and thousands of sympathizers across the globe willingly flew to Syria and joined the association.
The election of Donald Trump became a game-changer as he initiated an absolute no-nonsense foreign policy that seeks to wipe out ISIS from the face of the earth and so he did. Now people can fly to the middle east without fear of being captured and beheaded. Mothers are no longer having sleepless nights over their children joining a forbidden organization.
Yea! Quickly we forgot when taking a flight to a different state was an issue. Schools and religious houses became targets and the fear of those monsters quickly became horror stories for everyone. How quickly we forgot thousands of people they killed.
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