What Does Daesh Mean? ISIS ‘Threatens to Cut Out the Tongues’ of Anyone Using This Word
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA, 28 Mar 2016
Google searches for the term have leapt almost 600% in the last week, since the Brussels Attacks – but what does it mean, and why does ISIS hate the word so much?
ISIS have now threatened the UK, in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks
At least 34 people were killed following three explosions at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station during the morning rush hour in Brussels.
The airport remains closed and many of the dead are still unidentified, partly because of the severity of devastation caused by the nail-packed bombs detonated in crowds.
Abdeslam, 26, is believed to have plotted a mass attack in the style of that carried out in the French capital last year, involving multiple shootings and bombings.
What does ‘Daesh’ mean?
Daesh is an acronym for the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
Essentially, it’s another word for ISIS – but apparently one that ISIS militants do not favour.
Why? Because it is similar to the Arabic words ‘Daes’, ‘one who crushes something underfoot’ and ‘Dahes’, translated as ‘one who sows discord’.
In January 2015, then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that he would begin referring to the Islamic State group by this name, saying: “Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what they don’t like has an instinctive appeal to me.”
It seems that other world leaders have now followed suit, with French president Francois Hollande and the USA’s secretary of state John Kerry both using the term.
According to NBC, ISIS has reportedly threatened to ‘cut out the tongues’ of anyone it hears using the term.
Evan Kohlmann, a national security analyst, told NBC: “It’s a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them.”
In June 2015, Downing Street asked the BBC to refer to ISIS as ‘Isil’ – but they have now relabeled the terror group for the second time.
During a speech on Syria, David Cameron repeatedly referred to the terrorists as Daesh, a word ISIS despises, but that is being used with increasing frequency.
The term has grown in popularity since the Paris terror attacks in November 2015.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the series of coordinated terror attacks that rocked the French capital, leaving at least 129 people dead.
There were two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France stadium, shootings at restaurants and a massacre inside the Bataclan theatre where US rock band Eagles of Death Metal were playing on Friday.
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