In the wake of last week's attacks on Paris, as well as other acts of terror elsewhere in the world -- including the bombing of a Russian passenger jet en route from Egypt and suicide bombings in Beirut -- the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has become a top priority for world powers seeking retribution for crimes against their citizens.
Given the extreme violence that ISIS is known for and the fact that its enemies list includes essentially all of the major world powers, what exactly is the terrorist organization looking to achieve?
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That's exactly the question The Atlantic's Graeme Wood tackled earlier this year in a an in-depth analysis of the group for an article titled, "What ISIS Really Wants," now being recirculated.
According to Wood, ISIS is committed "to returning civilization to a seventh-century legal environment, and ultimately to bringing about the apocalypse."
Wood sums ISIS' views up as follows: