Born out of an umbrella organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in both countries and declared itself a caliphate.
Still, the question remains: what is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests?
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Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh, of Harrisburg University, is an internationally acclaimed expert on the Middle East. His specialties include international politics, global energy and health, and democratic movements and processes in Middle East politics.