LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron says he will refer to the militants who want to create an Islamic caliphate as “Daesh” instead of the terms “Islamic State,” “ISIS,” or “Isil” that are commonly used in English-speaking media.

Cameron made the announcement as he kicked off 10 hours of debate in the House of Commons over whether the UK should begin airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIS) targets in Syria

The term “Daesh” is based on the Arabic acronym of “al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa’al Sham.” It translates to “Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (Syria)” but has a negative connotation — it’s close to “Dahes” or “one who sows discord.” Read more…

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David Cameron is now using the word ‘Daesh’ to refer to ISIS