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For ISIS, terror is the key

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

The ISIS plague is spreading, and there seems no end to the atrocities it can perpetrate. After posting a gruesome video online of its jihadists beheading 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, the ISIS on Tuesday burned to death 45 Muslims in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi. Most of the Iraqis murdered are believed to be members of security forces and their families. Earlier this month, the ISIS published a video showing the burning alive of a captured Jordanian air force pilot in a cage. This is a continuation of its terror campaign of posting videos of jihadists decapitating American, British and Japanese hostages. There is now intense speculation that India may next be the target of this terror campaign, with 39 Indians reportedly missing in Iraq. The Indian government’s efforts to locate the men have drawn a blank so far. The question arises — is there a method to the apparently ghoulish madness of the ISIS? A US-led intertiol coalition is battling the ISIS in Iraq and Syria, relying primarily on air strikes at its strongholds. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan and Bahrain are also members of this coalition, while Egypt and Libya are now swearing revenge against the ISIS. But Washington has already admitted that the ISIS is ‘the best-funded terrorist organization the US has ever confronted’. It is clear the ISIS is building a terror empire. Fear is the key for the ISIS to administer the sizeable territory in the Middle East it has seized from Syria and Iraq. Apart from ruling a population of 8 million people, it is also supporting tens of thousands of jihadists fighting for months, with new recruits coming daily from all over the world including India. The ISIS is reportedly raking in up to $6 million a day through crude oil sales, contraband smuggling, extortion and various crimil activities, as well as dotions from Islamic states and the gulf. It even released a $2 billion budget for the current year, including a $250 million surplus. Clearly the ISIS has much at stake, and is using super-terrorism as a potent weapon.

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