By Joby Warrick
In an exhilarating dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick strains how the tension of militant Islam at the back of ISIS first arose in a distant Jordanian legal and unfold with the unwitting relief of 2 American presidents.
When the govt. of Jordan granted amnesty to a gaggle of political prisoners in 1999, it little discovered that between them used to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and shortly the architect of an Islamist stream bent on dominating the center East. In Black Flags, an exceptional character-driven account of the increase of ISIS, Joby Warrick exhibits how the fervour of this one guy and the strategic error of Presidents Bush and Obama ended in the banner of ISIS being raised over large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Zarqawi all started via directing terror assaults from a base in northern Iraq, however it was once the yank invasion in 2003 that catapulted him to the pinnacle of an enormous insurgency. by way of falsely determining him because the hyperlink among Saddam and bin encumbered, U.S. officers inadvertently spurred like-minded radicals to rally to his reason. Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings persevered till American and Jordanian intelligence found clues that ended in a deadly airstrike on Zarqawi's hideout in 2006.
His move, even though, continued. First calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq, then Islamic nation of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, his fans sought safe haven in volatile, ungoverned wallet at the Iraq-Syria border. whilst the Syrian civil struggle broke out in 2011, and because the U.S. mostly stood via, ISIS seized its probability to pursue Zarqawi's dream of an ultra-conservative Islamic caliphate.
Drawing on distinctive high-level entry to CIA and Jordanian assets, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational information with the views of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of kingdom, a lot of whom foresaw a threat worse than al Qaeda and attempted desperately to forestall it. Black Flags is an excellent and definitive historical past that finds the lengthy arc of today's most deadly extremist chance.
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Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick