A new report of the UN Commission of Inquiry dealing with Syria has documented shocking accounts of the ISIS (Da’esh) armed group’s use of terror to subjugate Syrians living in its areas of control, as well as the use of extreme violence against both civilians and captured fighters.
Its origins lie in the establishment of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in 2004. After merging with other Iraqi jihadist groups in 2006, AQI rebranded itself as the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). Although degraded by the 2006 – 2011 US counterterrorism campaign in Iraq, the group took a dvantage of the instability in the region to further recruit and mobilise, a process that accelerated with the outbreak of the Syrian conflict. In 2011, ISI members joined local radical militants in Syria as part of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat Al-Nusra armed group to fight against Government forces.
The report states…
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