2004 - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi establishes al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI).
2006 - Under al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda in Iraq tries to ignite a sectarian war against the majority Shia community.
June 7, 2006 - Al-Zarqawi is killed in a U.S. strike. Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, takes his place as leader of AQI.
October 2006 - AQI leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri announces the creation of Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), and establishes Abu Omar al-Baghdadi as its leader.
April 2010 - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi becomes leader of ISI after Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri are killed in a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation.
April 8, 2013 - ISI declares its absorption of an al Qaeda-backed militant group in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the al-Nusra Front. Al-Baghdadi says that his group will now be known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
April 10, 2013 - Al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani rejects ISIS’s attempt to merge with the group.
February 3, 2014 - Al Qaeda renounces ties to ISIS after months of infighting between al-Nusra Front and ISIS.
May 2014 - ISIS kidnaps more than 140 Kurdish schoolboys in Syria, forcing them to take lessons in radical Islamic theology.
June 9, 2014 - Monday night into Tuesday, militants seize Mosul’s airport, its TV stations and the governor’s office. ISIS frees up to 1,000 prisoners.
June 10, 2014 - ISIS takes control of Mosul.
June 11, 2014 - ISIS takes control of Tikrit.
June 21, 2014 - ISIS takes control of Al-Qaim, a town on the border with Syria, as well as three other Iraqi towns.
June 28, 2014 - Iraqi Kurdistan restricts border crossings into the region for refugees fleeing the fighting.
June 29, 2014 - ISIS announces the creation of a caliphate (Islamic state) that erases all state borders, making al-Baghdadi the self-declared authority over the world’s estimated 1.5 billion Muslims. The group also announces a name change to the Islamic State (IS).
June 30, 2014 - The United Nations announces that an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes.
June 30, 2014 - The Pentagon announces the United States is sending an additional 300 troops to Iraq, bringing the total U.S. forces in Iraq to nearly 800. Troops and military advisers sent to Iraq are there to add security to the U.S. Embassy and the airport in Baghdad, and to provide support to Iraqi security forces.
July 2014 - In Syria, all the cities between Deir Ezzor city and the Iraq border have fallen to ISIS, says Omar Abu Leila, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army.
July 3, 2014 - ISIS takes control of a major Syrian oil field, al-Omar. It is the country’s largest oil field and can produce 75,000 barrels of oil daily.
July 17, 2014 - In Syria’s Homs province, ISIS claims to have killed 270 people after storming and seizing the Shaer gas field.
July 24, 2014 - ISIS militants blow up Jonah’s tomb, a holy site in Mosul.
August 8, 2014 - Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bomb artillery of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq. President Barack Obama has authorized “targeted airstrikes” if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the ISIS fighters.
August 19, 2014 - In a video posted on YouTube, U.S. journalist James Foley, missing in Syria since 2012, is decapitated by ISIS militants. The militants then threaten the life of another captured U.S. journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff.
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A Yazidi girl, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, Iraq on August 13, 2014. (Youssef Boudlal/Reuters)
Eyes of the innocent
Such a powerful image.
A 14 Years old kurdish Yezidi Girl protect her family from the ISIS-Terrorists in Shingal (Sinjar)
British and US security services are attempting to identify the Islamic State (Isis) militant with a British accent who appeared in a video of the apparent beheading of US journalist James Foley.
Anti-terrorism experts have warned that the video was a highly orchestrated recruitment tool to lure “psychopathic individuals” to fight alongside Isis militants in Syria and Iraq.
Photo: Steven Senne/AP
The world was watching…
New York, London, KC, DC, St. Louis, Portland, Minneapolis, Philly, Norfolk, Oakland, Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Harvard, Howard U….all had protests in solidarity!
Here in Burque (Albuquerque, NM) we know what it’s like to have police brutality in our community. Unfortunately, “the APD routinely kills more suspects per capita than the NYPD” and it’s becoming increasingly hard for even the average person to ignore.
We stand in solidarity with Ferguson and with all other communities affected by corruption and police brutality and lit candles tonight in memory of those whose lives were stolen.
Stunning photos of the “supermoon”
People around the world last night were witness to the same “supermoon”, the biggest full moon of the year.
The moon was at its biggest at 02:00 BJT in China, drawing many locals from their beds to take creative and stunning photos.
As one of the most anticipated astronomical phenomenons, the mega sized moon only appears when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to the earth. At it’s closest point, the moon is only 356,000 kilometers from the Earth.
The “supermoon” only happens once every 14 months. So if you’ve missed this one you’ll have to wait until September next year.
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