Arunima Pande from Pakistan Press International talks about the Islamic State.
Within the reality that we know and are comfortable with, there exists another reality. A reality where brutal beheadings, burnings at the stake and people drowning in cages are daily occurrences. A reality which is better left alone. The reality that is ISIS.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is one of the world’s most dreaded terrorist organizations, and rightfully so. ISIS is not just any terrorist group; it is a highly organized and well-funded proto-state. It was formed around 2005, and has since not looked back on its path to achieving its goal – a global caliphate secured by global war. Its presence was most strongly felt in 2014, when it joined forces with the Al-Nusra Front to capture Mosul in Iraq.
ISIS took the world by storm when three of its gunmen attacked the office of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris. In November, the militants killed 129 people across Paris, leading France to declare a state of emergency and for several European nations to be on high alert. On 6th February 2016, ISIS carried out coordinated attacks in France, Spain, Greece, Serbia and the UK – with each attack spaced precisely three hours apart. Undeterred by the following retaliations, it detonated two bombs in the vicinity of the Sistine Chapel in the Holy See, killing over a hundred people.
In September 2016, the terrorist group perpetrated attacks on China after the announcement of the Special Summit on ISIS to be held in 2017. In the three months that followed, it caused havoc across Pakistan and Afghanistan through bomb detonations, shootouts and the use of mustard agent. Scattered across about nine cities around the world, the attacks resulted in over 500 casualties.
The ISIS is growing at an alarming rate. Its reach stretches across the world, further strengthened by the extensive use of social media for propaganda. The most disturbing part is the increasing number of young recruits that join it every day.
The world is sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand of ISIS’s plans.
The Special Summit on ISIS aims to not only combat the imminent threat faced from the ISIS, but also reduce the power of this organization. Delegates will have to tread with caution. A single false move may have dire consequences. This January, the SSI will have to save mankind from its greatest enemy, as the world watches with bated breath.