The Rise of ISIS

The Rise of ISIS

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen
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In The Rise of ISIS, Martin Smith (Gangs of Iraq; Beyond Baghdad) draws on in-depth interviews with Iraqi politicians, and American policymakers and military leaders to explore and explain how the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) became a major force so quickly. What does it mean for the U.S. to be back in Iraq, fighting a new war on terror, less than three years after American troops pulled out of the country? Smith delivers a revelatory look at how ISIS grew out of the disaffection of Iraqi Sunnis who were sidelined and targeted by Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after the American withdrawal. The film traces how they gained strength in Syria, how they're funded, how they operate, and how, city by city, from Ramadi to Fallujah to Mosul, ISIS swept across Iraq--seizing territory, recording and broadcasting mass executions, and drawing recruits from an estimated 80 countries. With ISIS continuing to take and hold territory in Iraq and Syria despite U.S. and coalition airstrikes, and President Obama's foreign policy legacy hanging in the balance, The Rise of ISIS is the definitive account of how the U.S. has reached this point.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781627891936
Branch Call Number: 956.054 R59s
Language Note: English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 30, 2020

Difficult to follow without a greater knowledge of the Middle East, and the interplay between Iran and Saudi Arabia. I would recommend the viewing of Bitter Rivals first.

Jul 28, 2017

some theories say that Clinton and Obama started ISIS

Jan 31, 2017

Great documentary that clearly explains how ISIS began and how it got to be what it is today

Jul 17, 2016

Very educational and frightening too.

Feb 12, 2016

The Hows and Whys of Isis and its beginnings.

kevfarley Jul 28, 2015

Good background material for understanding the present expanding developments.

Mar 17, 2015

this looks scary

Mar 17, 2015

To deny ISIS that it's non-Islamic is plain stupidity. Moreover, the Obama administration's apparent refusal to publicly condemn then Iraqi PM Maliki of its harsh treatment toward the Sunnis lead to ISIS ascendancy to the utter surprise and luck of the latter. Here we see the utter failure of Obama and Maliki to contain the insurgency when it was still at its infancy. A disastrous foreign policy by the current administration. Kudis to PBS.

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