Daesh (also known as ISIL, Islamic State, or ISIS) is a terrorist group. It claims to represent Islam but uses the banner of religion to carry out barbaric atrocities, including beheadings, crucifixions and the slaughter of children.

The UK is playing a leading role in the Global Coalition – a unified body of 68 partners committed to degrading and defeating Daesh through military action; tackling Daesh’s finances; preventing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters; supporting stabilisation efforts; and degrading Daesh’s poisonous and false narrative.

Daesh poses to a threat to UK national security as it seeks to expand its terror network, using propaganda to radicalise and recruit citizens from the UK and across the world. The UK has a counter-terrorism strategy to prevent and disrupt of plots against this country; and our comprehensive counter extremism strategy seeks to tackle the extremists who cause harm, create divisions in our communities and undermine the shared values of this country.

Find out more about the UK government's actions to counter Daesh.