The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, alternatively translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, is a Salafi jihadist militant group that follows an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam. The group is also known as Daesh, which is an acronym derived from its Arabic name. Founder: : Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, 1999. ISIS proclaimed a worldwide caliphate in June 2014[36][37] and named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph. As of December 2015, the group has control over vast landlocked territory in Iraq and Syria, with a population estimate ranging between 2.8 million[41] and 8 million people[42] and where it enforces its interpretation of sharia law. ISIL affiliates control small areas of Libya, Nigeria and Afghanistan and operate in other parts of the world, including North Africa and South Asia.

Sentenced to Death?

from The Gray Area:

The UK decision not to seek assurances two jihadists won't be executed by the US has generated a spirited debate on the UK's position against capital punishment. The decision by Home Secretary Sajid Javid was disclosed in a letter to US Justice Department Secretary Jeff Sessions regarding the trial of accused ISIS murderers on trial in the US.

This is an important debate for the UK, the US and the rest of the world. In war, murderers face execution on the field of battle and off for their heinous crimes. Every war has held these types of criminal trials whenever enemy combatants are captured on the battlefield or after the fight. If their crimes are sever and proven, they face a sentence of death, not a sentence of life (in prison). This is not a civil trial, subject to all the human rights considerations of our time. This is a different type of situation and should be handled that way. The enemy laughs at its opponents when they are weak.

Ministers in the UK House of Commons debated the issue today as indicated in the clip below.

from BBC,

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has questioned the UK's decision to abandon its "principled opposition" to the death penalty in the case of two Islamic State suspects. Speaking in the House of Commons, she said it was not possible to be a "little bit in favour" of the death penalty. Security Minister Ben Wallace defended the government's approach, saying it took a "rare decision" in this case to ensure the suspects face a trial.

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