A 21 page letter in the hideout where Osama bin Laden was shot warned of a terrorist group so ruthless and brutal that the letter said even al Qaeda should sever their links with them. The letter, written by a senior al Qaeda official, warned of the dangers of ISIS, which had such disregard for civilian life that even al Qaeda should disassociate from them if it wanted to prevent damage to its reputation.
The letter documents several terrible acts of ISIS, including using chlorine gas as a weapon, bombing mosques, and massacring a Catholic church.
ISIS has recently engaged in crucifixion, beheading of children, and burying people alive, among other atrocities. The human cost has been immense, with 1.2 million being displaced by ISIS. It has rapidly expanded its territory so that in total, it is greater than the country of Great Britain.
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ISIS hopes to establish a caliphate and conquer at least all of modern day Syria and Iraq. General Ray Odierno said that want “complete failure of the government in Iraq. They want to establish a caliphate in Iraq.” The caliph, leader of the caliphate, is considered the successor to the Prophet Muhammed–and thereby the leader of all Muslims.
If even al Qaeda is concerned about associating with the brutal forces of ISIS, how concerned should we be about their swift rise to power in the region?