On a local Iraqi television network, a morning loop of reports about Da’esh — the Arabic equivalent of the acronym ISIS — detailed the horrors of the militant group’s return to Iraq.
Each segment contained a litany of allegations: rape, destruction of heritage sites — especially churches — and wanton violence. Throughout, the ISIS jihadis were painted as outsiders.
The fact is, while many members of ISIS are indeed from other nations, the group was founded in Iraq, and many among its members, including its leader, are Iraqi. And Sunni Muslim.
But to describe their lightening rampage toward Baghdad as divisive would be an understatement.