What is in a name? Thanks to the tip from Freeper.
Is it ISIL or is it ISIS. That is the question?
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"During a Friday briefing, Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the Pentagon had officially switched the name of the Islamic terrorist group, ISIL, to ISIS according to Fox News."
"Changing the name from ISIL to ISIS was important for the Pentagon to do for a few different reasons. Under the Obama administration the preferred acronym was ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant."
To me the entire issue is absurd! It is not even a question. Those acronym of ISIL and ISIS are interchangeable and always have been.
ISIL = Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
ISIS = Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shams.
Al-Shams the Arabic term for what is referred to as the Levant. The Levant historically defined as that part of the eastern Mediterranean sea bordering on what are now the nations of Lebanon, Syria and Israel. That area of Syria fertile land WEST of the Aleppo, Homs, Hama, Damascus highway from ancient antiquity and not so much eastward..
Those Muslim military forces moving north from the Hejaz in that immediate period after the death of Mohammad their first target al-Shams. The Levant. The Salafist sees great symbolic importance to the incorporation of the Levant into that area as controlled by ISIL.
Move along folks, NOTHING more to see here folks. For all devoted readers to the blog that entity of the Islamic State will be continued to be designated as ISIL Political considerations from my perspective considered to be irrelevant.