In June 2014, a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant challenged the Iraqi government. Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group (also known as ISIS) has taken control over large areas of the country in the west and the north, including several strategic towns on the border of Syria.
One of the unique factors of ISIS is that its ranks are filled with a large number of foreign jihadists. In fact, ISIS claims that it has fighters from the US, the UK, France, Germany and most of the Arab world. While the exact size of ISIS is unknown, it is large enough to have established itself as a real contender in the current struggle for control over the Iraqi government.ISIS was officially formed in April 2013, growing out of the al-Qaeda group in Iraq. It solidified its presence through military conquests in Syria before crossing over into Iraq.Read More
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