ISIL or ISIS behind Iraq war crisis? What's the confusion?

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Baghdad, June 19: As the rising sectarian violence has created havoc in Iraq since June 10, it has also led to a confusion over the right name of the Islamic jihadist militant group.

No consensus has reached among media fraternity over what to call it as a universal name.

Many international media agencies are undecided over what to use L or S- the terror outfit's right name is ISIS or ISIL?

The top news agencies like Reuters, Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP), al-Zajeera are using Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in their coverage of Iraq war crisis.

New York Times, Guardian and Financial Times are using it as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

BBC uses ISIS but also writes it as Levant.

At OneIndia, we have chosen to mention it as ISIS.

Meanwhile, as the situation is heading to worst, India on Thursday said that it was doing its "very best" to ensure the release of the 40 Indians abducted in Iraq, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi closely monitoring the situation.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced in the nine days of fighting and an unknown number killed, while dozens of Indians and Turks have been kidnapped.

The campaign by the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State militants has raised the specter of the sectarian warfare that nearly tore the country apart in 2006 and 2007, with the popular mobilisation to fight the insurgents taking an increasingly sectarian slant, particularly after Iraq's top Shiite cleric made a call to arms on Friday.

The Islamic State has vowed to march to Baghdad and the Shiite holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, home to some of the sect's most revered shrines, in the worst threat to Iraq's stability since US troops left in late 2011.

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