ISIS in the Middle East

While the Middle East has had many issues from civil war to gender rights perhaps none have been as detrimental as ISIS. ISIS known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is an organization that has been trying to take over the regions of Iraq and Syria through any means possible while leaving countries like Tunisia relatively unharmed. Perhaps this is because they are trying to make a statement by taking over countries that the United States has had a hand in trying to create democracy. ISIS’s true nature is a combination of many issues including problems the US has been dealing with and others that the Middle East has been struggling with for decades.
Syria was the first target for ISIS in its Middle Eastern Muslim take over during the 2011 protests against Bashar al-Assad. The protests were quickly met with military opposition from the Syrian government, while ISIS took this opportunity to move in guerilla warfare trained troops. These ISIS troops rallied protest and rebel members that were against Assad and managed to turn them into additional troops. These once passive protestors have been turned into soldiers for ISIS, an organization that doesn’t care about the people’s needs and wants but solely uniting them under a new more expansive Muslim regime. The ISIS take over has completely silence the peaceful protests and a future democratic Syria now seems to be impossible.
A similar event took place in Iraq that allowed ISIS to remove itself from AL Qaeda and take over much of the area surrounding Baghdad. After Trabil crossing was taking over by ISIS, a gateway that connects Jordan to Iraq, the organization made contact with various rebels and past associates from the old Al Qaeda. This gave ISIS an immediate foothold in Iraq which acted as a catalyst for taking over land as the influx of new troops allowed for faster expansion. Similar to Syria, Iraq’s ability to have a future without conflict seems slim as ISIS begins to take over more land and begins to encroach on Baghdad and gain more influence in Iraqi government. Since ISIS simply wants to control all major Sunni Muslim nations there seems little hope for Iraq and Syria without foreign intervention. Thankfully ISIS has not been able to reach all Muslim nations yet as countries like Tunisia have been untouched so far.
Due to all these factors it is clear that ISIS is not an organization that has the Middle East’s interests at heart. They are violent and just as oppressive as many regimes before them with the simple goal of unifying all the Middle Eastern countries under one oppressive state. The United States and Some of the United Kingdom’s military have been deployed to help what forces remain in Iraq and Syria that still oppose ISIS. Hopefully this will end like many protests in the Arab Spring, somewhat peaceful and with control landing in the hands of young Arabs who wish for freedom and democracy.

3 thoughts on “ISIS in the Middle East

  1. Christopher Yanachkin

    Great way to sum up your paper! I liked how you were able to quickly demonstrate how ISIS took over Syria and Iraq, without forcing too much detail. At the end, you say that the US and the UK are sending military forces to help those who still oppose ISIS and that you hope that it will end without any bloodshed. Although I hope this is a fact as well, I do not truly see this being the case. ISIS is trying to create a new Islamic state and will do anything to achieve this. I see them fighting till the very end to stand up for what they believe and will not be forced down peacefully. Besides this little altercation that I predict, I really like your abstract and believe that you did a great job on covering your topic.

  2. Abdullah Alanazi

    Title pulling my attention so, It is strange to many countries, the emergence of this group with the strong force in the Middle East,, as you said, the reasons for their appearance is the sectarian strife that came to the region. On the other hand, you said that “These once passive protestors have been turned into soldiers for ISIS, an organization that doesn’t care about the people’s needs and wants but solely uniting them under a new more expansive Muslim regime” So, I agree with this phrase because this group is exploiting religion to cover their work.

  3. Kevin Ameden

    This is a great summary of the disparity in the Middle East caused by ISIS. This makes it clear that ISIS is simply a terrorist group that is taking advantage of a power struggle between the old leaders of Iraq and Syria and the democratic processes we have tried to instill in these countries. The fact that ISIS commits these acts under the religion that they follow is a terrible way to justify actions. It’s going to be very difficult to stabilize these regions when there has historically been so much unrest in the area. Due to things like that i don’t see ISIS leaving the area anytime soon, i see their influence continuing to grow.


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