Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) is a militant organization.
With a strong force of more than 30,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State called the Caliphate or an independent country.
Currently, ISIS holds a state which is at least equivalent to the geographical area of the U.K. But it has already planned to move beyond Iraq and Syria in order to expand its regime. Its next target: Europe.
It is observed that ISIS militants are highly qualified to use digital and social media to spread their messages across the world. Plus, social media is being used extensively by people who support ISIS activities.
According to a study by the American think tank Brookings Institution that analyzed a sample size of 20,000 global Twitter users, Saudi Arabia is the top location claimed by the users supporting ISIS in 2015. Syria follows and Iraq rounds off the top three, it was revealed by the The Statistics Portal.
The following chart shows the top locations claimed by Twitter users supporting ISIS in 2015.
Top locations claimed by Twitter users supporting ISIS in 2015
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris last week that killed 132 people and wounded more than 350.