A Group Too Extreme For Al Qaeda Just Took Over Iraq’s Second Biggest City

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They have live-tweeted amputations, carried out public crucifixions and have been disavowed as too extreme by al-Qaeda. Now they have taken over Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city. They are the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, a group of extremist Sunni Islamist militants, and they are rapidly becoming one of the deadliest and most prolific insurgent groups in the Middle East. On Tuesday, ISIS fighters led a surprise attack on government locations in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. The assault was so brutal that soldiers in the Iraqi army left their posts and in some cases even their uniforms as they fled en masse, according to a report by the Washington Post. The assault has…

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