|Author||Rice, Jr. Earle|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 9.25|
|Features||full color photos and illustrations, maps, table of contents, timeline, chapter notes, principal people, glossary, further reading, works consulted, websites, index|
|Interest Level||Middle, Secondary|
The Islamic State (IS) arose from the ashes of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2011. Moving with blitzkrieg-like speed, this modern-day phoenix has spread death and destruction across the Middle East and far beyond. Blazing a path across Syria and Iraq, its powerful army has seized large swaths of land and formed a new caliphatean Islamic dominion. It seeks to rid the world of infidels nonbelieversand extend its Islamic domain around the globe. Using horrendous tacticsbeheadings, crucifixions, rape, mass executions, and other heinous abusesthe Islamic State has redefined terrorism and what it means to be a terrorist. In a few short years, IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) has become the newest, wealthiest, fiercest, and most dangerous terrorist organization on the planet. No one is beyond its reach. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has said, We will raise the flag of Allah in the White Housea threat no American should dismiss lightly.