The Rise Of ISIS: The Islamic State’s Timeline Of Terror

Jun 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM ET

For most people, the self-proclaimed Islamic State appeared in the American lexicon about a year ago in June when the terror group dominated headlines for seizing large swaths of land in northern Iraq. First it was Mosul, then Tal Afar, and as the summer of 2014 wore on, they took Zumar, Sinjar, and Wana.

Then came the beheadings of Western journalists and aid workers – James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines –  emblazoned in the minds of those who witnessed the executions in the now-iconic propaganda videos. But long before the Islamic State, which also goes by ISIS or ISIL, became a household name in the West, it was percolating underground and plotting its resurgence.

Scroll down to see a timeline of how ISIS came to be:

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