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Running head: TERRORIST THREAT 1 Terrorist threat Student’s Name Institution Affiliation Date
TERRORIST THREAT 2 Introduction Even though the US government is always working to control and eliminate terrorist groups, terrorism has remained a threat over the years posing a challenge in their control due to the rise in the emergence of high terror groups and their expedition of constant attacks. Such groups include the al Qaeda and the new groups that have strongly emerged - the Islamic State (IS) commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL/ISIS. With the threats that these terror groups poses, the United States government is dedicated and tirelessly working to eliminate the groups and restore order in the areas that the groups have taken captive. In this light, some adjustments to the law enforcement agencies would be a great suit to improve their strategies on countering the groups. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL/ISIS is the major terror group that is currently posing a challenge to the security of the United States. The group is an international Sunni Islamic insurgency and a terrorist group that controls large areas of the Islamic states and majorly Iraq and Syria posing insecurity issues with the international security through its violence and terrorism (Blanchard et al. 2015). The ISIS stems from the Al Qaeda that has been for years brutal and ruthless in its terror attacks. However, the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had significantly advanced over the past few years becoming even more deadly than its precursor groups. The ISIS contrary to some of the other groups has a traceable origin from the Sunni terrorist group al Qaeda and particularly the al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Huge terror attacks and kidnapping incidents to the US citizens were done by the AQI under the leadership of Abu Musab al Zarqawi following their invasion of Iraq about a decade ago. After the killing of the leader in 2006, the leadership was taken over by Abu Du’a popularly known as Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (Ferran & montaz, 2015). In 2007, an alliance of Iraq Sunni tribes suppressed the AQI
TERRORIST THREAT 3 with the support of the United States ranging their fight against this jihadist group. However, AQI regained its powers and extended to Syria being involved in the 2011 fight thereby spreading to Syria and Iraq. In around 2013, al Baghdadi had reached AQI in Iraq, and in the year he renamed the group to ISIS with a heightened jurisdictional desire. Since then, the group has adopted other names such as Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or Daesh. Nevertheless, in 2013, the ISIS had an altercation with al Qaeda over the replacement of leadership of al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda over the role of the group in Syria. The ISIS group is composed of an estimate of around thirty thousand fighters as reported by the CIA in 2014. There is, however a worrying of the number due to the

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