Isis is still to this day a growing threat to not only the middle east but the entire planet. Their extreme religious views have led them to kill thousands and beheading all Christians that do not convert to their extreme views. Although you hear about this group on the news all of the time there are things that you probably don’t know. So here are 9 facts about ISIS:
1. They have a lot of money
ISIS is a terrorist group that is not in need of money. In fact, they made most of their money off of oil. They control 7 oil fields and 2 small refineries in the northern part of Iraq.
2. Major Nidal Malik recently tried to join ISIS.
In 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 30 in Fort Hood. Even though he was yelling “Allahu Akbar” during the attack and had a history of associating with terrorist groups. The military has the event still classified as “workplace violence”. He recently tried to join ISIS.
3. They are using social media and apps in sophisticated ways.
ISIS has actually developed their own app call The Dawn of Glad Tidings. This app provides all of the need to know stuff for terrorists. So far the app has been downloaded thousands of times. They use this as a way to build up their profiles among other terrorists.
4. ISIS operates like an international conglomerate.
I bet you never heard of terrorist groups releasing annual business reports. They actually put out a 400-page annual report with detailed mission reports, achievements, and strategy. Some of that included over 1000 assassinations. They also mentioned in their reports about the social media-friendly info-graphics of their operations.
The Institute for the Study of War said they had, “a unified, coherent leadership structure that commands from the top down.”
Not to mention that they have a gift shop where people are actually buying stuff from!