Why Does ISIS Have So Many Names?

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ISIS, ISIL, IS, Islamic State, and now Daesh. Why does ISIS have so many names and which one should we be using?

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Why John Kerry and the French president are calling ISIS “Daesh”
“This is not a term most Americans are familiar with, but it’s part of a larger dispute – largely between Western governments and Western media outlets – over how to refer to the group we call ISIS, one that pits the strategic agenda of governments against the goals of clear communication.”

Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France in Joint Press Conference
“This barbaric terrorist group — ISIL, or Daesh — and its murderous ideology pose a serious threat to all of us. It cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed.”

ISIS, ISIL, Daesh Or Islamic State? After Paris Terror Attacks, French And US Officials Debate Name Of Militant Group
“Though the word may be unfamiliar to some Western audiences, there’s a growing movement among world leaders, officials and Islamic scholars to use the term Daesh in an effort to delegitimize the group.”

Words matter in ‘ISIS’ war, so use ‘Daesh’
“The Obama Administration should switch to this nomenclature, too, because how we talk about this group is central to defeating them.”

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