Five years ago, ISIS was a name unheard of, now it controls the majority of Syria and Iraq and uses social media to threaten the U.S., Israel, England, France and any other country that rejects their ideology. How did ISIS begin?
The origin of ISIS began in 2004 after the U.S. war on Iraq. The predominately Sunni jihadist group emerged in the ashes of the Iraq invasion to get rid of the ex-Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, who was heavily involved in the terrorist organizations that existed prior to ISIS.
Fueled by hatred and Saddam Hussein loyalists angry at losing power, the group originally pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004, and later participated in the Iraqi insurgency.
In January 2006, it united several groups, most notably al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Mujahedeen Shura Council in Iraq, and Jund al-Sahhaba (Soldiers of the Prophet’s Companions), to proclaim the formation of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) on October 15, 2006.
While al-Qaeda had a prominent leader, Osama Bin Laden, ISIS does not.
Training camps train people at a young age to hate everything and kill in the name of “Allahu Akbar.” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua, apparently has led ISIS since the summer of 2010 when he became leader of al-Qaeda after its former leaders were killed in an attack by U.S. and Iraqi troops.
However, he is not nearly as well-known as Osama Bin Laden because ISIS has many “leaders” with different roles and al-Baghdadi leads subtly in the shadows.
They have always existed and claimed that their actions are done in the name of Islam, they just keep changing their name.
Many news sites are quick to blame America for the start of ISIS, but evil groups have existed since the beginning of time that want to destroy nations that are strong and stand for the good in which the evil organizations do not.
Regardless if America chose to fight a war in Iraq or not, ISIS, under that name or any other, would have still been born and exist today because evil does not rest.