Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Don’t say ISIS say Daesh!

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has started referring to the Islamic State terrorist organisation by a name they dislike namely: Daesh.

Many Western allies in the Middle East have suggested the Western world not use monikers such as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or IS (Islamic State) as they legitimise the group’s aspirations.

Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what they don’t like has an instinctive ­appeal to me,Australia’s great PM Tony Abbott has told the press.
“I absolutely refuse to refer to it by the title that it claims for itself (Islamic State), because I think this is a perversion of religion and a travesty of governance.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry has also started referring to the group by the name, as have US military leaders.

Daesh comes from the acronym formed by the Arabic spelling of the terror group’s name:  al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham.