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ISIS Hates To Be Referred To By This Name

You might have noticed that world leaders have more and more taken to calling Islamic terrorists 'Daesh.' There's a reason for the popularity of the new term, and the Islamic State hates it.

The Islamic State (IS) is known by several other names: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and now, much to their annoyance, they're being called Daesh.

Daesh is actually an insult to the jihadist group. It is an acronym formed by the English version of the Arabic words for ISIS: D.A.E.SH. The term means 'bigot.'

National security analyst Evan Kohlman tells NBC News, "It's a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them."

But people are using it, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Francois Hollande, President of France. Some are urging the media to also use Daesh to describe the Muslim terrorist group, saying that calling them a 'state' is only giving them legitimacy.

The Islamic State has sent the message that they would hunt down and cut out the tongue of anyone who uses the word 'Daesh' to describe them, but it doesn't seem to be slowing the word's spread.

Source: NBC News
Photo: US News

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