Egyptian Terrorist Group Joins ISIS



Map of ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria. Courtesy of Tribune Media Service.

ISIS, or the Islamic State, has struck fear in many people worldwide. Although based in Islam, its atrocities range from American-born men to its own women and children. The group was not seen as a national threat until a video of an American journalist James Foley was beheaded on film and released  to mass media sites. In a national address, Obama publicly proclaimed that, “ we must address the cycle of conflict,” this conflict later being described as “wars within religion.” The overall plan to combat the terrorist group was to equip Iraqis and Syrian soldiers with the correct knowledge and weapons to combat the terrorist threat. Through this plan the peaceful population of the Muslim state should feel more protected walking their own streets, however the truth of the reality is that an increasingly violent threat creeps among them.

Egyptian terrorist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or “Supporters of Jerusalem” declared its allegiance to ISIS on Monday, November 10, 2014 after many years of opposition towards the Egyptian government. On the group’s official Twitter page they proclaimed it is “no use to continue with shameful peace or blasphemous democracy” in reference towards the Egyptian government. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is responsible for hundreds of civilian deaths that they carry out with top of the line weaponry.

The alliance is seen as a very deadly mix because of how resourceful each group has been shown exhibit. ISIS was able to capture a major oil rig which has earned them billions of dollars in revenue. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is very methodical in its attacks against its enemies; using resources that range from the best 21st century weapons to the perceptive soldiers that operate them.

At present it is still unclear on how President Barack Obama will respond to this new threat. One thing is for sure: we can not make the same mistake of underestimating this new threat.