Since its formation in 2013, ISIS has worked to sustain a self-declared caliphate in eastern Syria and western Iraq. Ultimately, it seeks to unite the world under a single caliphate and establish governance over all Muslims. Despite its territorial losses over the years, ISIS maintains a strong global presence.The group has recruited up to 33,000 fighters from around the world, and has lured significant numbers through online propaganda, including videos and magazines produced in English, French, German, and a variety of other languages.


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Caliph - deceased

Former leader of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI)

Abu Luqman

ISIS-appointed director of security and intelligence, Syria and Iraq

Faysal Ahmad Bin Ali al-Zahrani

Lead oil and gas division official in al-Barakah Governorate, Syria

Abu Muhammad al-Shimali

Border Chief, Immigration and Logistics Committee, Leader of operations outside of Iraq and Syria

Abu Fatima al-Jaheishi

Senior military leader and Emir of Iraq

Abu Ahmad al-Alwani

Chief of General Staff

Abdul Qadr al-Najdi

Emir in Libya - deceased

Abu Sufyan Bin Qumu

Senior leader in Libya

Former leader

Former foreign fighter

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

Former spokesman, emir of ISIS in Syria, and head of ISIS’s Emni unit - deceased

Omar al-Shishani

Former senior military commander, former member of ISIS’s Shura Council - deceased

Abu Muslim al-Turkmani

Former deputy of ISIS-controlled Iraq - deceased

Abu Ayman al-Iraqi

Former military commander; former emir of Latakia province, Syria; former governor of ISIS’s Anbar Province in Iraq - deceased

Shaker Wahib al-Fahdawi a.k.a. Abu Wahib

Former military emir of Anbar - deceased

Former member

Wael Adel Salman al-Fayad

Former minister of information - deceased

Rustam Aselderov

Former leader in the Caucuses - deceased

Ayad al-Jumaili

Former senior leader - deceased

Abu Suleiman al-Naser

Former minister of war - deceased

Gulmurod Khalimov

Minister of war - deceased

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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.


On May 8, 2019, Taliban insurgents detonated an explosive-laden vehicle and then broke into American NGO Counterpart International’s offices in Kabul. At least seven people were killed and 24 were injured.

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