ISIS terrorist group continues to grow stronger

Without reason, Syrian civilians are brutally attacked by  ISIS terrorists.

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Without reason, Syrian civilians are brutally attacked by ISIS terrorists.

Ryan Santa Cruz, Contributing Writer

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, is a terrorist group that travels across the Middle East capturing towns on the border and killing citizens in its path. ISIS was once known as al-Qaeda when it was in Iraq but has since separated, according to CNN.

It is believed that the leader’s name of the group is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who oversees thousands of fighters and has a $10 million bounty on his head, according to Fox News. People believe that ISIS may overtake al-Qaeda.

The group wants to enforce its view on conservative Islamic traditions, using social media to inflict fear. More than 100,000 Syrians have left Turkey. The group raises around $2 million a day from extortion, oil sales, taxes and smuggling goods.

“They are obviously cruel and need to be stopped, but since they are self sufficient with funding I don’t know what the world can do,” junior Amy Mandelbaum said.

The United States leads Great Britain, Turkey, France and others against ISIS by using airstrikes but not ground troops.

“I am not sure the United States had much of a choice.” history teacher Tim Murray said. “They had to get involved in order to prevent ISIS from growing in influence and strength in the region,”

To get its point through to the U.S. government, the ISIS group has killed numerous innocent people, including American Journalist Steven Sotloff.

“Journalists should not be held captive, tortured, or beheaded in times of war.” Murray said. “They are there to cover the conflict, whether they are American, British, or from a country in the Middle East. Using their death as a form of revenge is deplorable.”

President Obama has not come to a conclusion as to what the United States should do concerning the use of air strikes or ground forces on the terrorist group. ISIS continues showing its conservative Islamic faith.