Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northwest Baghdad's Shula neighborhood, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The price is being paid in blood as fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a scion of the Al-Qaeda militant jihadist franchise, carve out a cross-border empire by killing government troops and former Islamist allies alike.The story begins more than a year ago when the leader of a group then called the Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had led radical Sunni resistance to the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government, decided to move into Syria.He declared a merger in April 2013 with the Nusra Front, then the main Al-Qaeda affiliate battling President Bashar Assad, without consulting either its leader, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, or global Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri.Ironically, it was Baghdadi who sent his lieutenant Golani into Syria in 2011 to build up Al-Qaeda's presence, taking advantage of a popular uprising against Assad to found the Nusra Front.One Nusra Front fighter said he believed Baghdadi held a personal grudge against Golani, his former aide, because of his standing in Syria.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE