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A deeper look at the terror group ISIS and its leader, dubbed the new Osama bin Laden. (Source: Reward for Justice/CNN) A deeper look at the terror group ISIS and its leader, dubbed the new Osama bin Laden. (Source: Reward for Justice/CNN)
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(CNN) – Brutal, well organized and well financed, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, has rapidly morphed into the world's most dangerous jihadist organization.

ISIS's methods are so extreme, al-Qaeda itself has disavowed any relationship with it.

The group seized on the power vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal in Iraq, the continuing Syrian Civil War and the hostility between different Muslim groups to grow influence and bolster its ranks. ISIS is becoming a magnet for battle hardened militants from around the world.

It's goal is synonymous with its name – to set up an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, and with its recent advanced in northern Iraq, that goal appears to be closely within reach.

ISIS now controls crucial swaths of territory, stretching from the Syrian city of Alleppo all the way to the outskirts of Baghdad, and has threatened to advance on the capital itself.

Formed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ISIS was originally known as the Islamic state of Iraq as al-Qaeda's affiliate there. It was tasked with creating a sectarian civil war to destabilize the country during the U.S.-led occupation.

But its current leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has a larger vision for the group.

Al-Baghdidi assumed control of ISIS in 2010 at the age of 39. He's also a religious scholar who claims to be a direct descendent of the prophet Muhammad. His shrewd leadership and ruthless tactics have inspired thousands, and many call him the new Osama bin Laden.

As ISIS has grown, it has assumed the responsibility not just of a terrorist group, but of a government power, often providing food and services to the residents it controls.

Control is exactly what ISIS is doing and they are ruling through fear, imposing Sharia law and holding public floggings and executions to keep residents in check.

And with each city it conquers, ISIS's power and influence grows.

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