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ISIS or ISIL?

 Wichita Falls, TX - The battle to fight ISIS or ISIL has heated up with recent air strikes trying to stop the militant group from expanding, but here at home the media and federal government has been in a over its name.

Newschannel 6 set to find out the difference between ISIS or ISIL.

When the United States first took up military action against the militant group it was well known as the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.

The president, White House, Pentagon, and state department call the group ISIL - which stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant.
 
Many first recognized the group  being referred to as ISIL when the president announced increased military action to "to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL."

According to CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen believes ISIL as the President and government has been calling it is a more accurate translation of the group's name.

Bergen says the "l" stands for Levent a translation of "Al-Sham" the word the group uses to refer to itself.

In June, the Associated Press agreed, said "We believe this is the most accurate translation of the group's name and reflects its aspirations to rule over a broad swath of the middle east."

AP has since changed from calling the group ISIL to "The Islamic State Group" or "Fighters from the Islamic State Group." Officials said they made this decision to "avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state."

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6

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