Wednesday, March 1, 2017

These Seven Global Terror Groups Are Making All The Headlines

DW: Seven terror organizations making headlines

World leaders have identified international terrorism as a top threat to world stability. Despite varying criteria and lists, certain terror groups consistently make headlines. Here are seven you need to know about.

1. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS or ISIL)

Also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, the fundamentalist Sunni Islamic organization was founded in 2004. It surged to global prominence in 2014 after announcing a self-proclaimed caliphate covering large areas of Syria and Iraq. Under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS seeks to establish a transnational empire based on Islamic law. The group is notorious for its brutal violence, which includes beheadings. It targets non-Sunni Muslims, as well as non-believers.

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