Debate grows over what Isis should be called

The British PM referred to the group as Daesh, saying the group is neither Islamic nor a state.

A screengrab shows members of Isis parading on top of a tank on a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa.

LONDON - While British Members of Parliament have voted overwhelmingly in favour of carrying out air strikes over Syria against Islamic State, a further row has erupted on what to call the terrorist organisation.

The British Prime Minister David Cameron referred to the group as Daesh, saying the group is neither Islamic nor a state.

Cameron had previously used "Isil" to refer to the extremist group, which is also known as "Isis", before switching to Daesh, which has negative connotations and is based on an Arabic acronym.

"Daesh is clearly an improvement and I think it's important that we all try to use this language," Cameron told parliament during a debate on whether Britain should join air strikes against the group in Syria.

"Frankly this evil death cult is neither a true representation of Islam nor is it a state," Cameron said, branding its members "women-raping, Muslim-murdering, mediaeval monsters".

The American President has continued to use the acronym Isil.

It may seem a futile argument, but exactly how to refer to the group is proving as controversial as the different proposals to combat it.

Many believe calling the group IS lends it a credence it doesn't have. The British Prime minister has stopped using the term saying it neither represents Islam nor is it a state.

Barack Obama uses Isil, or Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, while ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There's now a growing move to call the group Daesh, which sounds similar to Arabic words meaning to trample and one who sows discord.

Whatever term is used world leaders agree the group must be destroyed.