Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.9
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The 'Islamic State' and other terrorist radical groups have turned into a real threat for Turkey and the whole world, said the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the Anadolu agency reported Feb.9.
Unfortunately, Turkey is at the epicenter of events occurring in the region, said Davutoglu.
The prime minister said that the "Arab Spring" in a number of the Middle Eastern countries contributed not to their democratization but assumption of power by Islamic radicals in these states.
The 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS,) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
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