Neil Lazarus
An internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of Middle East politics, public diplomacy and effective communication training.

5 things you need to know about ISIS

With the situation in Iraq rapidly deteriorating, the reality of a new Sunni jihadist state being born in the heart of Iraq is fast becoming a reality. Iraq could implode.

Who is ISIS and why are they so successful?

Here are 5 things you should know about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

1 ISIS is brutal and responsible for some of the most grisly war crimes in the Iraq war. ISIS broke off from Al-Qaeda and has expanded its reach into Syria.

2 The group’s goal is to establish a caliphate– an Islamic state spanning from western Egypt to northern Iraq. The Jordanians are feeling threatened too – placing their army on full alert last night to protect their borders.

3 ISIS is using recruiting westerners using videos and social media. The fear is that those recruits will gain valuable training and return to their home countries to carry out attacks

4 If you want an idea of just how extreme ISIS is, even Al-Qaeda thinks the tactics ISIS uses are too brutal. Tactics that include beheading, public execution and amputation.

In February , Al-Qaeda kicked the group out of its terror network and called for it to leave Syria.

5 ISIS has its own twitter account and is very powerful on social media. Iraq banned Facebook and twitter to control their influence.

About the Author
Neil Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed expert in the field of Middle East Politics, Israel Public Diplomacy and Effective Communication Training. He is the the director of He is emerging as one of Israel's leading key note speakers. He regularly podcasts.