Why does Obama administration say ‘ISIL’ rather than ‘ISIS’?

You may have noticed the president, when referring to the former “jayvee” terrorists who are now feared to have infiltrated the U.S. mainland, calls them “ISIL.” So do members of his administration, right down to Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby:




It has become noticeable primarily because media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press, seem to refer almost exclusively to the same group as ISIS.

So why is the administration odd man out on this nomenclature? Here is one theory, advanced by retired U.S. Army Captain Terry Michael Hestilow:


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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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