Georgia Political Review will be using “ISIL” in all future publications.
“ISIS” refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, which is technically incorrect terminology. The Middle Eastern terrorist group aims to conquer the Levant, a geographic area that does not just include Syria.
This distinction is recognized by major news outlets such as the Associated Press, and has been delineated as follows:
“In Arabic, the group is known as Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The term “al-Sham” refers to Iraq and a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan). The group’s stated goal is to restore an Islamic state, or caliphate, in this entire area.
The standard English term for this broad territory is “the Levant.” Therefore, AP’s translation of the group’s name is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.”
Georgia Political Review, in its efforts to accurately represent world events in a politically correct manner will henceforth be using “ISIL” to refer to Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham.