- ISIS hate being referred to as “Daesh”, a word similar to derogatory terms in Arabic
- The terrorists threaten to cut out the tongue of those who call them as such
- But world leaders are now increasingly using the word following the attack in Paris
The Islamic State despises being called “Daesh” and even threatened to cut out the tongue of those who uses the word, but world leaders are now mocking the terrorists by referring to them using the term more frequently following the attack in Paris.
The ISlS has claimed responsibility for the series of coordinated attacks in the French city on Friday, November 13, that killed 129 people including the assailants who carried out the massacre inside a concert hall and a spate of suicide bombings across Paris.
When President Francois Hollande addressed the nation in the aftermath of the attack, he referred to the group using the word it hated; not as Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL.
“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” Hollande said.
The same word was used by United States Secretary of State John Kerry in warning the extremists.
“I wanna make sure that it is absolutely crystal clear that the United States extends with France and the rest of the world our resolve to eliminate the scourge violent extremist group from the face of the earth,” Kerry said.
“But we also know that Daesh cannot be defeated in the end without deescalating the underlying conflict in Syria which attracts fighters to this battlefield,” the US official added.
Earlier in January, then Prime Minister Tony Abbot was quoted as saying he would start using the word to refer to ISIS.
“Daesh hates being referred to by this term, and what they don’t like has an instinctive appeal to me,” Abbott was quoted as saying.
What is “Daesh”
As explained by Arabic translator Alice Guthrie to NBC News, D.A.E.SH is a “transliteration of the Arabic acronym formed of the same words that make up I.S.I.S in English”, which means ‘Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’, or ‘al-dowla al-islaamiyya fii-il-i’raaq wa-ash-shaam’.”
However, ISIS hated being referred to as Daesh because of its similarity to Arabic words ‘”Daes”, or one who crushes something underfoot and “Dahes, which means “one who sows discord”.
“It’s a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them,” national security analyst Evan Kohlmann, said. “It would be like referring to Germans as ‘Huns.’ (Click here to read more)