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Forget “IS,” “ISIS,” or “ISIL.” Call Them “Da’esh.” It’s More Than They Deserve

By Gary Kopycinski

Referring to the heinous terrorists in Iraq and Syria as ISIS, ISIL, or simply IS, provides them with a false legitimacy. ISIS is short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The problem rests in the letters "IS," short for "Islamic State."

This is a distinction that exists nowhere. There is no Islamic state. The group of 30 . . .

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