Pentagon: Out with ‘ISIL,’ in with ‘ISIS’


File – The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington, in this March 27, 2008 file photo. The WikiLeaks website appears close to releasing what the Pentagon fears is the largest cache of secret U.S. documents in history _ hundreds of thousands of intelligence reports compiled after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In […]

WASHINGTON (AP) — The change of U.S. administrations has produced a change of terminology in the war against the Islamic State group.

Out goes the name preferred by the Obama administration: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

In comes the name favored by President Donald Trump: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.


A Feb. 13 memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the switch to “ISIS” makes the Pentagon “consistent with” Trump’s language in a Jan. 28 directive in which he called for a new plan to defeat the extremist group.

The term “Levant” that Obama preferred refers to a region larger than today’s Iraq and Syria, including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan.

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