The Islamic State (ISIS) is the strongest, most ferocious, best funded terrorist organization in the world today. The Islamic State now has a presence in over a dozen countries ruling over roughly 10 million citizens.
They are a Sunni Salafist jihadist group of global reach. While its base of operations is in eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq, it has supporters and fighters from North America, Europe, Russia, Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim and Australia. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring all of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control, beginning with Iraq, Syria and other territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, and part of southern Turkey. But it also has specifically claimed that it seeks to reconquer parts of Europe, including all of Spain and Portugal, parts of France, Italy and Austria, and all of the Balkans and Greece.
I.S. has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and has been described by the United Nations and Western and Middle Eastern media as a terrorist group. The United Nations has accused the Islamic State of committing "mass atrocities" and war crimes, and Amnesty International has accused it of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.