ISis By Jessi Cohen and Millie North

What is isis?

  • ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is a radical anti-western terrorist group.
  • In 2004, ISIS began in Iraq as a branch of Al-Qaeda, then split to form their own group, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
  • The terror group, which formed a caliphate in 2014, is responsible for over 2,000 deaths in 29 countries.
  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current Islamic leader
  • ISIS primarily controls Iraq and Syria, with its capital in the northern city of Raqqa, Syria. However, “Insurgent groups in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen have sworn allegiance”

Connection to Cold War

  • During the Cold War, the United States used the policy of containment, preventing the expansion of a hostile country or influence.
  • As for fighting against ISIS and the expansion of their radical anti-western values, the United States use a similar policy as used during the Cold War.
  • The United States, along with other nations such as France, Canada, and Russia, have deployed hundreds of air strikes and bombs in Syria and Iraq in hopes of destroying ISIS’s military bases.
  • The United States alone has sent 5,473 airstrikes on ISIS and performed over 150 bombings. The U.S. has also sent over troops into Syria.
  • It is hoped that this radical group will remain in these two countries until they die out, just as was hoped with communism.

War On Terror


  • First step : Continue to hunt down terrorists plotters in all countries and deploy airstrikes.
  • Second step : Provide training and equipment to Iraqi and Syrian troops fighting on ground.
  • Third step : Work with allies to stop Isis operations . “Third, we're working with friends and allies to stop ISIL's operations -- to disrupt plots, cut off their financing, and prevent them from recruiting more fighters. We're working with Turkey to seal its border with Syria. And we are cooperating with Muslim-majority countries -- and with our Muslim communities here at home -- to counter the vicious ideology that ISIL promotes online.”


  • Current US President Donald Trump appears to have no set plan on how he will continue the war against ISIS
  • “do something extremely tough”.
  • Trump believes that all the efforts made by President Obama against ISIS were weak and predictable.
  • “We’re hitting [ISIS] every once in a while. We’re hitting them in certain places. We’re being very gentle about it. We have to be very tough and you have other countries who are getting devastated far more than we are and you have to get them together. It’s called leadership.”.

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