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Are You Able To Pick The Actual Founder Of ISIS From A Line-Up?

SPOILERS: It is not Barack Obama. Sorry.

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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."

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Because that's where we are in this presidential campaign.

Clinton's blunt response got us thinking: Do you know who really founded ISIS?

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    Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad
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    Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad
    Hillary Clinton
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    Hillary Clinton
    Harambe
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    Harambe
    Donald Trump
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    Donald Trump
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    President Barack Obama
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    President Barack Obama
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
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    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
    Fmr Pres. George W. Bush
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    Fmr Pres. George W. Bush
    Osama bin Laden
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    Osama bin Laden

Are You Able To Pick The Actual Founder Of ISIS From A Line-Up?

You got: HARAMBE WAS A SAINT!

How dare you.

HARAMBE WAS A SAINT!
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You got: No, Hillary Clinton did not found ISIS.

There are no incorporation documents in the missing emails, we promise.

No, Hillary Clinton did not found ISIS.
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You got: No, Barack Obama did not found ISIS.

He did, however, help found the Choom Gang.

No, Barack Obama did not found ISIS.
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You got: No, Donald Trump did not found ISIS.

BELIEVE ME.

No, Donald Trump did not found ISIS.
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You got: No, Osama bin Laden did not found ISIS.

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.

No, Osama bin Laden did not found ISIS.
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You got: No, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not found ISIS.

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.

No, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not found ISIS.
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You got: No, George W. Bush did not found ISIS.

The Iraq War created the vacuum in which al-Qaeda in Iraq, the forerunner of ISIS, emerged. But c'mon. Guys. Seriously.

No, George W. Bush did not found ISIS.
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You got: Well, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi sort of founded ISIS?

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)_/¯

Well, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi sort of founded ISIS?
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You got: No, Bashar al-Assad did not found ISIS.

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.

No, Bashar al-Assad did not found ISIS.
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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.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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