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The ISIS/ISIL Debate: What’s In A Name?

Three months ago, Omar Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant Islamist group that has captured cities and towns in Syria and Iraq, announced a restored “Islamic State.”  But debate continues over how to refer to the jihadist movement.  The U.S. officially calls it ISIL — the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.  So too does Britain. France has settled on “Daesh,” a common Arabic name for the group, and the U.N. has decided on “ISIS.” Meanwhile, journalists and editors...

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