Thinking Aloud: Unfortunate Emergence of a New State

Thinking Aloud: Unfortunate Emergence of a New State

Not What You Might Think

June 7, 2014 by Darius 

There is a new state that has formed recently and with little attention.  It is not a state anyone recognizes nor wishes to exist, yet it has its own flag, officials, and, most importantly, territory and army.  It is the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Arabic for Greater Syria), better known as ISIS*.

There is no denying it: ISIS controls a large swath of contiguous territory stretching from eastern Syria into western Iraq.  They are holding their own against the armed forces of both Iraq and Syria, as well as sporadic fighting with other Syrian rebel groups.  Although ISIS gets the most attention in Syria, just this week, ISIS forces launched a well-organized attack on the Iraqi city of Samarra, blowing up a police station, briefly seizing control of the city center, and raising their flag before being pushed back by the Iraqi…

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