The word ?Daesh? has been used around by a number of important people and leaders, most recently French president Francis Hollande when he made a speech after the devastating Paris terror attacks. And apparently, the Islamic State group hates this word and threatens anyone who uses it on them.
We have heard world leaders speak about the terrorists ISIS, IS, and ISIL and their threat to the world. And if we look at it closely, another word is being used more and more frequently. President Francoise Holland addressed his nation after the Paris attack and stated that they were ?waged by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, by Daesh, against France.?
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 15, 2015
International hacker group Anonymous also used the word ?Daesh? in social media when they ?vowed to wage war? on ISIS. So what does ?Daesh? really mean and why does the Islamic State group hate the word so much?
What is Daesh?
The word ?Daesh? is another name for the Islamic State militant group that?s usually referred to in the media by ISIS, or ISIL. ?Daesh? is an acronym of the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamaya al-Iraq al-Isham (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) which is sometimes spelled as Daiish or Da-esh.
When spoken, ?Daesh? could sound similar to the Arabic words ?Daes,? ?one who crushes something underfoot? and ?Dahes,? meaning ?one who sows discord.? This would imply negative connotations for the word, making ISIS indignant.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also announced last January that he would start referring to the Islamic State group by the name, stating: ?Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what they don?t like has an instinctive appeal to me.?
ISIS has apparently threatened to ?cut out the tongues? of anyone that hears it and uses this term. A number of world leaders has also gotten in on the act and is using the term as French president Francois Hollande and USA Secretary of state John Kerry voice out the word. ?It?s a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them,? Evan Kohlmann, a security analyst, said to NBC.