CBC is excited: ‘Daesh’ adopted as new name for ISIS by U.S., France – remove the stigma from Islam

What’s in a name? When you are talking about a brutal militant group, a lot is at stake and the label can have a loaded meaning…

Sources tell CBC News Network’s Power and Politics host Evan Solomon that the U.S. is moving away from calling the militant group ISIL, in favour of the more pejorative Arabic acronym Daesh.

Speaking in Brussels yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry adopted the new name.

France was first to embrace the Daesh name in September, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius asked the media and others to do the same.

“This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists,” he said in a statement at the time. “The Arabs call it Daesh and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats’.”…

It is an Arabic acronym equivalent to ISIS, but it will confuse people who do not know that.