The two things you were not told about ISISOctober 17, 2014
Almost everything has been said about the ISIS, but the following: There are more than one group claiming the Islamic State name and the state of denial of the western world in the face of an unexpected plague. <!—more–>
The groups fighting for a so called ‘caliphate’ are not unique to the Islamic State that has changed its name from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is another group, that is as fractioned as the other with a chain of command as divided as the Al-Qaeda is today.
Then we have the Al-Qaeda, with its splinter groups that has departed from the original Osama Bin Laden group (which refused to be known as the Al-Qaeda) and we have the many versions of the Taliban.
Composed of the remnants of the Saddam Hussein army, the IS is the strongest group among them all, with only the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda in the Middle East (AQME) claiming the same strength and prowess. However, the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is also a potential candidate that is challenging the IS in terms of military accomplishment.
Nigeria has labeled the Boko Haram the “al Qaeda in West Africa”, but this is being disputed by the Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with claims that the Qaeda ‘doctrine’ is not to kill Muslims and civilians, which is the mainstay of the Boko Haram.
The splinter groups of the Islamic Caliphate claimants do not end here.
Somalia is the birthplace of the ‘Al-Qaeda for Africa’, which is also known as the Al-Shahab.
Closer to us in Asia, we have several splinter groups, some are still publicly active while others are underground. Armchair anti-terrorism experts in Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia are high on alert against the Jemaah Islamiyah or JI which they say is the most formidable formation in the Southeast Asian region.
They are allied, it is said, to the rebel movements in the region and to the Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang that hails from the Southern Philippines region. About the West being in denial, read our future stories!
More to come…