Within just a few months, ISIS, which is a group of Sunni jihadists, has become the most feared terrorist organization on the planet. ISIS is an unrecognized state but self-proclaims itself as a caliphate, with religious authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control.
ISIS is led by 43-year-old Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who fought in an armed rebellion in western Iraq after the U.S. invasion in 2003, was captured by U.S. forces in 2006 and released towards the end of the decade, vowing he would see the guards in NY.
As ISIS continues to seize more and more of Iraq, impose its harsh interpretation of Islam and brutal violence on the population, and treat the Christians (Chaldeans) in some ways eerily similar to the Jews during the holocaust, the questions are:
How did ISIS come to power so suddenly?
How can they be stopped? Will Maliki have to go?
What should the US do? What's our moral responsibility?
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