ISIS vs ISIL : what's the difference?

"ISIS" was the dominate headlines. But government officials say "ISIL." What is the difference?

Both codes can be found in the same group. ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, because the group area on the border between the two counties. ISIL means Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is the historical name for the entire eastern Mediterranean region of Egypt, possibly in the east to Iran and Turkey. American officials Isil be used instead of ISIS to emphasize the group's goal to expand its influence beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq.

The group began as a splinter group from the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. The goal is to create ISIS an Islamic state in the Middle East and African countries. President Obama authorized air strikes against ISIS early August to areas ISIS is trying to take over to protect. Shortly after the first air strikes, the group performed American journalist James Foley. Also runs the American journalist Steven Sotloff.

Interestingly, the city of Levante on the outskirts of Bangor was named in 1813, again in the Middle East.


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