GREENSBORO, N.C. -- ISIS. ISIL. Islamic State. The organization has several names but one goal - to create an Islamic state. These terrorists will stop at nothing, including killing innocent Americans, to accomplish that.
ISIS is responsible for the tragic killing of American journalist James Foley, and threatened to kill another hostage if the United States government does not stop air strikes.
ISIS was formed in 2004 and according to House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers, has grown into a "terrorist organization with an army." Since US Troops left Iraq in 2011, ISIS has taken over key cities including, Mosul, the second largest in the country.
"Their major tactic is terror. True terror. Panic whole towns and villages by slaughtering people so everyone runs before they actually turn and fight," explained Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Dean, Lloyd International Honors College, University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has emerged as a brutal, and radical group - so extreme that Al Qaeda has rejected it.
"It's a threat directly to us in the sense of producing well organized and trained terrorist who do have the goal of returning and causing Mayhem in one form or another," explained Dr. Pubantz.
On Tuesday, the organization released a gruesome and chilling video of the killing of journalist James Foley. He was captured in Syria two years ago.
President Barack Obama called the group a "cancer" that has "no place in the 21st Century."
"We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL standing alongside others," explained President Obama.
Airstrikes continue to pound ISIS controlled areas and military planners are considering sending more troops to Baghdad.
"The fact that it went after the Iraqi government and the Iraqi government began to crumble, that led us to have to do something."
Not only is ISIS a threat to our national security, Dr. Pubantz says it threatens our allies and even our economy.