Originally Posted by Scoooter
ISIS. Sounds like something from a James Bond movie.
Their name translates to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
In additon to Iraq and Syria the Levant includes Lebanon, Israel Palestine, parts of Turkey and other areas. So that gives some sense of their ambition. It's also an old term for the Middle East before the British redrew the maps.
They used to be Al Qaeda in Iraq, but now they are fighting Al Qaeda.