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How dangerous is ISIS or ISIL to the US?

How dangerous is ISIS or ISIL really? I decide to do a little fact checking and statistical analysis to get a better sense of how dangerous actually is to Americans. Is the threat of terrorists activity in the US real? Does ISIS or ISIL pose other threats to the US? First, a bit of background. The terrorist group called ISIS by the media now call themselves the Islamic State. Originally they were known as ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Later they called themselves ISIS, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The group is one in the same. The acronyms are based on the Arabic translations and mean roughly the same thing. President Obama calls them ISIL which is the term much of the world uses most frequently. They claim to be a sovereign nation, thus Islamic State, however no government recognizes them as a nation. The group is not Iraqi nor is it Syrian. They control some areas in Iraq, although claim much more control than they actually ha