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Da'esh or Daesh, self-identified as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), ISIL, or just the Islamic State, is a terrorist group based in the Middle East. "Daesh" is an acronym for al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham. (To be determined: is "Da'esh" a legitimate spelling, or fake foreignizing?) The group's preferred names are incorrect, as it is not a legitimate state and arguably not Islamic either. (Richard Stallman prefers the acronym "PISSI", short for "Pseudo-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq".)

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