As Muslims around the world were celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan, the leader of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group announced himself the ‘Caliph.’ The ISIL terrorist group, which currently controls parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions, continues to commit acts of violence against the people of Iraq and Syria. According to reports, around 80 Kurds were massacred and hundreds of women kidnapped as slaves when the terrorist group swept into the northern Iraqi town of Kocho. 

U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized military strikes on ISIL positions in Iraq. The United Nations has announced sanctions on individuals with links to the ISIL. The ISIL Takfiri militants took control of Iraq’s Mosul on June 10. They also took over the city of Tikrit but it was later liberated by the Iraqi army.

To discuss the global impact of ISIL and the threat it poses to countries outside the Middle East, Press TV’s Middle East Files spoke with Carnegie’s Mario Abou Zeid. 

This interview was originally broadcast on Press TV.