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Black Flags The Rise of ISIS Characters Ò 0 Ã ❰Ebook❯ ➧ Black Flags The Rise of ISIS Author Joby Warrick – Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Joby Warrick reveals how the strain of militant Islam now raising its banner across Ira and Syria spread from a remote Jordanian prison with the unG the Middle East     Zarawi began by directing hotel bombings and assassinations in Jordan from a base in northern Ira but it was the American invasion of that country in that catapulted him to the Flags The Rise ePUB #180 head of a vast insurgency By identifying him as the link between Saddam and bin Laden the CIA inadvertently created a monster Like minded radicals saw him as a hero resisting the infidel occupiers and rallied to his cause Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings continued for years until Jordanian intelligence provided the Americans with the crucial intelligence needed to eliminate Zarawi. OH ISIS I thought they were saying Icees as inWell now that I'm up to speed on radical Islamic terrorism who wants to invite me over to their bb so I can be the life of the party Cuz nothing says FUN like bringing up politics and religion at a social gathering Just look how enjoyable Facebook is these daysAll silliness aside Black Flags is a solid way to understand how ISIS came to be A good number of pages are also spent on Al aeda and Bin Laden but the real focus is Abu Musab al Zarawi the thug turned religious zealot and leader of a violent fundamentalist movementJoby Warrick gives the reader plenty of details on Zarawi's past and what made him who he eventually became It's not an in depth character study that a psychologist could publish a paper on but I certainly know the man much better now than I ever have But do I know the real story I mean what's Warrick's bias He's certainly not kind to the Bush administration's handling of terrorism for most of this book and seems to side with the CIA And what does Warrick know He worked for the Washington Post and as far as journalists go he seems to be the one most well connected to what happened after 911 However even the most well connected journalist generally isn't going to have intel on the government's secrets and what went on behind the scenesAs an average joe know nothing us readers will just have to be satisfied with what we can glean from folks like Warrick That's not a terrible problem because this was an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to moving on to Warrick's next book The Triple Agent The al aeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

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Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Joby Warrick reveals The Rise ePUB #8608 how the strain of militant Islam now raising its banner across Ira and Syria spread from a remote Jordanian prison with the unwitting aid of American military intervention     When he succeeded his father in King Abdullah of Jordan released a batch of political prisoners in the hopes of smoothing his transition to power Little did he know that among those Black Flags Kindle released was Abu Musab al Zarawi a man who would go on to become a terrorist mastermind too dangerous even for al aeda and give rise to an Islamist movement bent on dominatin. Editing my number of stars in light of Patrick Cockburn's The Jihadis Return ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising only discovered after the comment thread on this review I cannot recall Warrick even mentioning Saudi or Pakistani involvement either in the ISIS movement beginning after the US invasion of Ira on which he spent an enormous amount of our time or after Zarawi was killed in 2006 He said nothing significantly different from newspaper reporting in the US the past 15 years though he gave enormous credit to the CIA whose analysis by the way he did not share with us except in an impressionistic wayI was already familiar with what the newspapers had reported and found his account rehashed old ground Cockburn's analysis on the other hand rips open ME politics and exposes US blunders and resultant difficulties The information I was getting in newspapers about ISIS in Syria confused me which is why I needed something in depth This book probably is not going to answer your uestions I am furious that we don't have the kind of journalism about the Middle East that they apparently have in Europe Perhaps our journalists are trying too hard to protect their government sources and American business interests Can it beI leave this at three stars simply because I would never have gotten to nor understood as well Cockburn's far better material without slogging through Warrick's introductory material and discussing it with others Warrick undoubtedly knows Cockburn Why the heck couldn't he have included and credited some of Cockburn's information in his analysis Warrick bookends his narrative nonfiction describing the origins of ISIS Islamic State in Ira and Syria with the story of the failed suicide bomber Sajida al Rishawi who was executed in Jordan just this year shortly after ISIS put to death by burning the downed Jordanian air pilot First Lieutenant Muadh al Kasasbeh in Syria in January This bookending is entirely appropriate for it links the Jordanian thug turned radical Abu Musad al Zarawi leader of al aeda in Ira AI with the later leader of ISIS Irai Islamic scholar Abu Bakr al Baghdadi Just this week Oct 2015 we learned that al Baghdadi was targeted in an air strike as he convoyed to a meeting of senior ISIS leaders in western Ira It is not known if he has been wounded or killedI would be happy never to hear or read the name Zarawi again but here he is in the pages of this book Abu Musad al Zarawi was the Jordanian national who created and led AI during the Ira War He gained credibility and became a household name the world over when American forces labelled him a threat in 2003 just before the American invasion of Ira Warrick carefully traces the path of Zarawi’s radicalism beginning while he was in a Jordanian jail from 1993 99 through his contact with and split from Osama bin Laden’s al aeda organization through to his death in by American airstrike in 2006 After his death his organization which had attracted many followers amongst the Sunni minority in Ira lost its thrust and seemed on the point of disintegration The American withdrawal from Ira gave the remnants of Zarawi’s group freedom to operate They continued to consolidate now with Abu Bakr al Baghdadi gradually rising to third in the leadership in charge of Sharia law by 2010 In 2010 an airstrike took out the other two top leaders leaving Baghdadi to step into the vacuum and impose his own vision on the men under his command He announced ISIS involvement in Syria in 2011 with a carefully shot and edited uarter hour video heralded on Islamic websites for days before its release Warrick shows us how the radical insurgent movement could have begun given impetus through a combination of American bombs and Arab prisons Western ideology and invasion is an undeniable spur to Islamists of any sort who resist any foreign influence and incu

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Black Flags The Rise of ISISIn a airstrike     But his movement endured first called al aeda in Ira then renamed Islamic State of Ira and Syria or ISIS seeking refuge in unstable ungoverned pockets on the Ira Syria border And as the Syrian civil war broke out in ISIS seized its chance to pursue Zarawi's dream of a sweeping ultra conservative Islamic caliphate      Drawing on uniue access to CIA and Jordanian sources Joby Warrick weaves together heart pounding moment by moment operational details with overarching historical perspectives to reveal the long trajectory of today's most dangerous Islamic extremist threat From the Hardcover edition. Excellent history on the rise of ISIS and the US involvement in Ira Terrific narrator for the audiobook5 out of 5 stars