Get news and updates on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) – a Salafi jihadist terrorist group which follows a Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam. IS has occupied many territories in Iraq and Syria and instigated deadly terrorist attacks across the globe. Follow RT for information on the background and establishment of IS. It grew out of the terrorist organization – Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad – in 1999. IS became known to the world in 2014, driving Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, before then capturing Mosul. Find news and stories on IS terrorist activities, including hostage-taking, their beheadings and other executions. IS was declared a terrorist organization by the UN and many separate countries. Check out RT.com for the stories and news on executions of soldiers and civilians by IS. Find the news and stories on the states where IS has waged wars (for example Iraq, Syria), and major IS-held territories such as Aleppo, Raqqa, Palmyra, Mosul, and so on. Moreover, read news on the most high-profile terrorist attacks in Europe and the US, such as those in Paris, Brussels, Barcelona and San Bernardino and other Islamist inspired attacks – such as those of the Boston Marathon and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.