In case you somehow missed it, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday continued to refer to President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as "co-founders of ISIS."
Clinton's blunt response got us thinking: Do you know who really founded ISIS?
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Are You Able To Pick The Actual Founder Of ISIS From A Line-Up?
How dare you.
There are no incorporation documents in the missing emails, we promise.
He did, however, help found the Choom Gang.
The infamous terrorist founded al-Qaeda, which accepted the loyalty of offshoot al-Qaeda in Iraq back in 2003. But he wasn't the founder of ISIS. Also, he was dead at the time.
He may be the current head of ISIS, but he didn't found the group, which evolved from al-Qaeda in Iraq and merged with Syrian groups. But you were close! SO CLOSE.
The Iraq War created the vacuum in which al-Qaeda in Iraq, the forerunner of ISIS, emerged. But c'mon. Guys. Seriously.
Al-Zarqawi founded the group that would eventually pledge allegiance to Osama bin Laden, becoming al-Qaeda in Iraq. AQI in turn would later evolve into ISIS. He was killed long before the group took on its current shape though so...yeah? Mostly? I guess? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
ISIS has taken advantage of the ongoing war in Syria and the instability it has caused in the region. He's done many, many, many messed up things but founding ISIS isn't one of them.
If you want to read up more on the actual founding of ISIS, check out this story or pick-up Pulitzer Prize-winning book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.
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