ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and it originally comes from the Arabic name "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham." The word Sham in its contextual Islamic meaning stands for ancient Syria that included more than the current state of Syria. Countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine were all part of ancient Sham. A more accurate translation of the name is ISIL – "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant" – rather than ISIS. Levant stands for ancient Sham. Later on ISIL leadership changed their own name to Islamic State (I.S.). Their ambition is to spread east, west, south and north. For instance, if one day in the future Boko Haram in Nigeria submits to the current leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as the Caliph Ibrahim, then the territory in north Nigeria which is under the control of Boko Haram becomes in their view a part of the Islamic State although it is not geographically connected to it, like Alaska to the United States.