The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known as ISIS, has declared itself a caliphate, a theocratic state under their version of Muslim law, and those who do not conform will be expelled or killed.
As the United States withdrew from Iraq, and Syria descended into a bloody civil war, ISIS found its foothold. Supported by Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, they’ve managed to seize more and more land, and now they’re seeking to exterminate religious minorities. ISIS is primarily made of Sunni insurgents, but their war now isn’t just with Shiites. It’s with anyone not like them, everyone not like them.
ISIS continues to gain ground, most recently capturing Qaraqosh, which held Iraq’s highest population of Christians. Now they’re forcing those residents to flee by the tens of thousands. Ten of thousands are also stranded on Mount Sinjar, surrounded by ISIS and facing the choice of dying of thirst on the mountain or descending to be murdered.
“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” said Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”
Last month, ISIS posted video of them killing, mostly at point-blank range, 1500 Iraqi prisoners.
Someone has launched airstrikes to finally help the Kurds in the north. The locals are saying it’s the Americans, while the Pentagon vehemently denies it. They may just be other UN countries tired of seeing the slaughter. The US has confirmed they are engaging in humanitarian airdrops, which helps, and conditions have deteriorated to the point that President Obama may consider joining in airstrikes.
If there is a more evil organization on Earth than ISIS, I don’t know what it is. ISIS makes Hamas look reasonable. Even Al-Qaeda disowned them for being too extreme. It’s sad, because while the intellgence has since proven faulty as to why the US went to war with Iraq, Saddam Hussein was still a bad man doing evil things to his people. ISIS is making people miss Saddam.