ISIS Reign Of Terror: Complete Timeline Of ISIS Attacks Since 2006 Until Paris Attacks

Screen capture of ISIS video c/o CNN.

After the Paris Terror Attacks occurred and shocked the whole world, many are now wondering how the ISIS terrorist group that started off as al Qaeda splinter group has turned out to be such a huge threat to not only the Middle-East, but now seemingly a growing threat to the rest of the world as well.

Upon looking back, we can see that there has been a dramatic increase in ISIS activity since the group was first formed in 2006, particularly in the last two years. For those who are still trying to make some sort of sense out of recent events, a timeline of ISIS’ reign of terror may prove helpful.

Screen capture c/o CNN.

Screen capture c/o CNN.

1. October 2006 – Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, announced the creation of Islamic State of Iraq(ISI) and put forth Abu Omar al-Baghdadi as the leader of the new group.

2. April 2010 – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the new leader of ISI after the former leader, along with al-Masri, the leader if al-Qaeda in Irag, were killed in a US-Iraqi operation.

3. April 2013 – Al-Baghdadi changed the name of ISI to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Henceforth it will be known as ISIS.

4. February 2014 – Al-Qaeda denounced its ties to ISIS after months of fighting between ISIS and al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda backed military group.

5. May 2014 – ISIS kidnapped more than 140 Syrian schoolboys and forced them to take lessons in radical Islamic theology.

6. June 9th, 2014 – ISIS militants seized the airport and TV stations of Mosul. They also freed up to 1,000 prisoners.

7. June 10th, 2014 – The city of Mosul was completely overrun by ISIS.

8. June 11th, 2014 – ISIS also took control of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town.

9. June 21st, 2014 – ISIS gained control of Al-Qaim and three other Iraqi towns after a day-long gun battle.

10. June 29th, 2014 – ISIS announced that they have created a cross-border caliphate (Islamic state), making al-Baghdadi self-proclaimed authority over Muslims worldwide.

11. June 30th, 2014 – The United Nations estimated that 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced out of their homes.

12. July 2014 – ISIS took control of Syria’s largest oilfield as a source of funding for the group. They also seized a gas field in the Homs Province, killing dozens of its workers. In Mosul, ISIS blew up Jonah’s tomb, a holy site that dates back to the 8th century B.C.

13. August 6th, 2014 – Storming the Iraqi town of Sinjar, home to a religious minority group called the Yazidis, ISIS killed, raped, and sold into slavery thousands of people.

14. August 8th, 2014 – US President Barack Obama authorized air strikes to protect the Yazidi people. ISIS artillery units are bombed by US F/A-18 jet fighters.

15. August 19th, 2014 – ISIS released videos of their decapitation of US journalist James Foley who had been missing in Syria since 2012. They also threatened the life of Steven Sotloff, another missing journalist.

16. September 2nd, 2014 – ISIS followed through on their threats and another video was released showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff.

17. September 4th, 2014 – ISIS posted photos of a baby being posed with weapons as part of their propaganda.

18. September 13th, 2014 – ISIS executed British aid worker David Haines. At the end of the video, there is footage of another British captive, Alan Henning, being threatened.

19. October 3rd, 2014 – ISIS beheaded their hostage, Alan Henning, blaming UK bombing raids for the killing. American aid worker Peter Kassig was shown being threatened at the end of the video.

20. November 3rd, 2014 – The Iraqi government announced that 322 members of the Albu Minr tribe had been killed in a series of executions by ISIS.

21. November 16th, 2014 – Peter Kassig was executed, becoming the 5th Westerner to have been beheaded by ISIS in their series of video messages.

22. December 15th, 2014 – After a 16-hour siege in Sydney, terrorist Sheikh Haron was killed. During the stand-off, Haron demanded an ISIS flag.

23. January 7th, 2015 – The Charlie Hebdo massacre  occurred in Paris, during which Saïd and Chérif Kouachi killed 11 cartoonists.

24. January 9th, 2015 –  Amedy Coulibaly, close friend of the Kouachi brothers, attacked a Jewish supermarket. He held multiple hostages throughout the ordeal, killing 4 of them before he was shot by the police.

25. January 24th, 2015 – Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage, was shown holding up a photo of fellow hostage, Haruna Yukawa, who had been beheaded.

26. January 31st, 2015 – ISIS released a video of Kenji Goto’s decapitated body.

27. February 18th, 2015 – Three British schoolgirls decided to go to Syria and join ISIS.

28. March 4th, 2015 – ISIS released another sickening execution video in which an allegedly homosexual man is thrown off of a building in Syria. This was one of at least 6 cases where ISIS has killed a man for supposed homosexuality.

29. March 12th, 2015 – Iraqi forces are able to regain most of the city of Tikrit back from ISIS.

30. March 15th, 2015 – After airstrikes and brave actions on the part of Kurd fighters, the siege of Kobane comes to an end.

31. March 17th, 2015 – Samantha Lewthwaite, now one of the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects, became responsible for the deaths of 400 people.

32. April 12th, 2015 – Nimrud, an ancient Assyrian city and one of Iraq’s greatest archaeological treasures, was blown up by ISIS.

33. April 19th, 2015 – A video is released in which ISIS operative behead two groups of prisoners, including 30 Ethiopian citizens.

34. May 17th, 2015 – ISIS took control of of Ramadi, the largest city in western Iraq.

35. June 19th, 2015 – The State Department’s annual terrorism report declared that ISIS is becoming a greater threat than al-Qaeda.

36. June 24th, 2015 – ISIS destroys two Muslim holy sites in Palmyra.

37. June 26th, 2015 – At least 38 people are killed by a gunman at a hotel in Tunisia. The same day, a bomb goes off at a mosque in Kuwait, killing at least 27 people. ISIS claims to be behind both attacks.

38. July 17th, 2015 – During Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the Ramadan fasting, ISIS blew up an ice truck in a crowded marketplace and 120 people are killed.

39. October 31st, 2015 – A Russian commercial jet crashed in Egypt, killing 224 people who were on board. ISIS has claimed responsibility for this since.

40. November 12th, 2015 – ISIS released a video in which they threaten to spill the blood of Russia.

41. November 13th, 2015 – The Paris Terror Attacks occurred, killing more than 120 people and hundreds more were injured. ISIS claims to be behind these attacks as well.

Read also: ISIS Claims Responsibility Over Russian Plane Crash; Threatens Russia In Latest Video.

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