NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - The terrorists responsible for mass murder in Paris over the weekend want to be known as the Islamic State. Doing so, gives the caliphate they are trying to build in Syria and Iraq, recognition.
Most of the world refers to the group as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan) or simply IS.
The group’s goal is to establish an Islamic state or caliphate.
But after 129 people were killed in separate bombings on Friday, world leaders including President Barack Obama have taken to calling the group ‘Dash.’
French officials started the name change to Dash saying the killers are a terrorist group not a state.
Daesh—as it is accurately translated from Arabic -is short for Dawlat al-Islamihay f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham.
The term is said to offend the extremist group because it sounds similar to an Arabic word for crushing something underfoot.
The term quickly became Dash as it is easier for English-speaking people to pronounce.
“Daesh hates being referred to by this term and what they don’t like has an instinctive appeal to me,’’ said Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to the Herald Sun. “I absolutely refuse to refer to it by the title that it claims for itself [Islamic State], because I think this is a perversion of religion and a travesty of governance.”