U.S Invasion of Iraq in 2003 Led to ISIL

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 radicalized the country’s citizens, making them sympathetic to various radical groups, eventually leading to the emergence of ISIL, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Adjunct Professor of Middle East history and politics in the School of International Service at the American University said. Once the country descended into chaos after the Western invasion, the number of angry and frustrated Iraqis willing to rise up and fight against the intruders began to gradually increase. Multitudes of people, including those from abroad, have joined various radical groups and Islamist factions such as al-Qaeda, which were transforming and taking new forms over the course of time. And that’s how ISIL was born, according to scholar. This is so called ‘blow back effect,’ Ghareeb pointed out, which demonstrated Islamic people’s overreaction in the hostile environment. “[T]hose mainstream or radical [Muslims are now] thinking that there is in fact a crusade against Muslims and against Islam. And this is a way for them to fight against it.” And this understanding pushed more and more people from around the world to join ISIL, including those from Western states like France, Germany and the UK, as well as from Central Asian states, North Africa, China and Russia, Ghareeb said. Excluding purely religious motivation, there is a combination of factors that cause people make a decision to join up with the Jihadists, scholar outlined. One of them is that ISIL has an advanced recruiting system. Foreigners are being recruited either directly or indirectly by groups or organizations affiliated with militants. They usually help foreigners financially; transporting them to where the battles are taking place. Moreover, ISIL uses various media to attract more people. Read more: SputnikFacebooktwittergoogle_plus

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