17 things about ISIS and Iraq you need to know

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CURATED BY Zack Beauchamp

2014-09-23 10:10:24 -0400

  1. ISIS used to be al-Qaeda in Iraq
  2. ISIS wants to establish a caliphate
  3. The conflict betweeen Iraqi Sunnis and Shias sustains ISIS
  4. Iraq’s former Prime Minister made the ISIS problem worse
  5. ISIS has a really important base in Syria
  6. ISIS funds itself through oil and an extortion racket
  7. The global oil market was spooked by ISIS' initial advance
  8. The conflict has been a boon to Iraq's Kurds — but that may have changed
  9. ISIS isn’t the only anti-government rebel group
  10. ISIS has made significant territorial gains in Iraq
  11. The Iraqi army is much stronger than ISIS, but it’s also kind of a mess
  12. Iran is fighting on the Iraqi government’s side
  13. The US and Iran have talked about Iraq
  14. The US has launched a campaign to destroy ISIS
  15. Some Americans blame Obama for this
  16. Iraq's Sunnis and minorities will probably suffer the most
  17. ISIS captured and executed James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two American journalists
  18. This video explains the crisis in 3 minutes
  19. How have these cards been updated?
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    ISIS used to be al-Qaeda in Iraq

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    ISIS wants to establish a caliphate

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    The conflict betweeen Iraqi Sunnis and Shias sustains ISIS

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    Iraq’s former Prime Minister made the ISIS problem worse

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    ISIS has a really important base in Syria

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    ISIS funds itself through oil and an extortion racket

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    The global oil market was spooked by ISIS' initial advance

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    The conflict has been a boon to Iraq's Kurds — but that may have changed

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    ISIS isn’t the only anti-government rebel group

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    ISIS has made significant territorial gains in Iraq

    ISIS' major breakthrough was a victory in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city and the country's second most populous. Since then, they've made rapid advances, as this New York Times map of ISIS' progress details:

    Isis_advance

    New York Times

    Combine that with ISIS territory in Syria, and they control a snaking band of territory that's about the size of Belgium or Maryland. This updated map from the Institute for the Study of War is very clear — ISIS-controlled territory is in black, and ISIS also has some military capability in the red areas and some support in the brownish areas:

    syria map 9/10

    Territory ISIS controls, as of September 10th. (Institute for the Study of War)

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    The Iraqi army is much stronger than ISIS, but it’s also kind of a mess

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    Iran is fighting on the Iraqi government’s side

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    The US and Iran have talked about Iraq

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    The US has launched a campaign to destroy ISIS

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    Some Americans blame Obama for this

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    Iraq's Sunnis and minorities will probably suffer the most

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    ISIS captured and executed James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two American journalists

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    This video explains the crisis in 3 minutes

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    How have these cards been updated?

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