And Obama has allowed it to grow without any serious opposition…….
A history of the Islamic State group 1 year after its militants swept into Iraq, seizing Mosul
CAIRO – Iraq on Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Islamic State group taking control of Mosul, its second-largest city, amid a lightning offensive that saw the militants seize a third of the country.
Here’s a look at the group’s birth, its atrocities and the world’s response to the extremists:
April 18, 2010 — U.S. and Iraqi forces kill two top al-Qaida in Iraq leaders, allowing al-Baghdadi to become the leader of a terror group weakened by a concerted campaign aimed at ending a Sunni insurgency in the country.
Oct. 31, 2010 — Al-Baghdadi’s al-Qaida militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing 58 people in the deadliest assault targeting Christians since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion there. The militants reportedly demand the release of Muslim women they claim were held by Egypt’s Coptic Christian church.
Oct. 4, 2011 — The U.S. puts a $10 million bounty on al-Baghdadi’s head over a series of attacks he orchestrated.
July 21, 2012 — In his first purported online message, al-Baghdadi promises to regain lost ground in Iraq and calls on militants to “chase and liquidate the judges, the investigators and the guards.” Within days, his group begins a campaign of attacks, car bombings and other assaults killing hundreds. He also mentions Syria, in the grips of a civil war pitting largely Sunni rebels against embattled President Bashar Assad. By this time, al-Baghdadi already has begun to send fighters there.
April 2013 — Al-Baghdadi announces his group has taken over the Nusra Front, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Nusra denies the takeover, sparking anger and infighting that continues to this day.