Islamic State in the Levant and Iraq (ISIL) – also known as the Islamic State, al- Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham (Da’ish), or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
a.k.a.: Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, Da’esh, Daesh, Fahesh, Fa’esh.
AP settles on ‘Islamic State group’ to describe ISIS/ISIL
“Describing the Islamic State in news copy has confounded the Associated Press, a careful custodian of precise and neutral journalism terminology. A policy statement back in June pledged the wire service to the acronym “ISIL,” for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” That shorthand, concluded the AP, most loyally reflected the translation of the organization’s name in Arabic, which is Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham.”