What's a civil war without ambitions of expansion, eh?! Why would we want civil wars to extinguish themselves and die out ? If not for these wars in the under-educated regions of the world ... our weapons manufacturers would have to close shop and so many would become unemployed, right? Have you seen the job numbers lately? Things are looking a bit less gloomy on the job front.... and it's all to do with the war front and thousands of dead muzzies being ripped to pieces in those far away lands. So, who really cares, eh?! They had it coming anyway. Let's just pretend we have to arm one side or the other for "humanitarian" purposes and just roll on merrily knowing we have tonnes more money in our banks.
.....The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is a jihadist group active in Iraq and Syria.
It is widely known by the acronym ISIS, in which the final "S" stems from the Arabic word "al-Sham". This can mean the Levant, Syria or even Damascus but in the context of the global jihad it refers to the Levant.
When the group was formed in April 2013, it was initially presented as a merger between the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and a Syrian jihadist rebel group, the al-Nusra Front.
However, the announcement of the merger by ISI leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was immediately rejected by the al-Nusra Front.
Two months later, al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri reportedly ordered the merger to be annulled.
ISIS has since become one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria.
Its precise size is unknown, but it is thought to include thousands of fighters, including many foreign jihadists.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Syria. In August, it was reported to have played a role in taking control of an important military air base in Aleppo province.
It also has a presence in a number of towns close to the Turkish border in the north of the country.
The group has been operating independently of the al-Nusra Front and has had a tense relationship with other rebels in Syria.
In July, a commander of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) was reportedly shot dead by ISIS fighters in the coastal province of Lattakia.
There were also reports of deadly clashes between the two groups in the north-western province of Idlib.
In the most recent sign of continuing tension, ISIS seized the northern town of Azaz from the FSA on 18 September.
There has also been friction with other Islamists. Earlier this month, ISIS was accused of killing a prominent member of the Syrian Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham.
ISIS, which is still led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, continues to be active in Iraq, too....
....Two bombs hidden inside air conditioners exploded Friday in a Sunni mosque packed with worshippers north of Baghdad, killing at least 18 people in the latest in a string of attacks on the sect's holy sites in Iraq.
Iraq is weathering its worst bout of violence in half a decade. Attacks have risen significantly since April, intensifying fears the country is slipping back toward the widespread bloodshed and sectarian fighting that marked the years following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
More than 4,000 people have been killed between April and August, U.N. figures show. Another 396 have been killed so far in September, according to an Associated Press tally......