By Joby Warrick
In an exhilarating dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick strains how the stress 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 move bent on dominating the center East. In Black Flags, an exceptional character-driven account of the increase of ISIS, Joby Warrick indicates how the keenness of this one guy and the strategic errors of Presidents Bush and Obama ended in the banner of ISIS being raised over large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Zarqawi all started through directing terror assaults from a base in northern Iraq, however it used to be the yank invasion in 2003 that catapulted him to the top of an enormous insurgency. by way of falsely picking 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 continued till American and Jordanian intelligence came across clues that resulted in a deadly airstrike on Zarqawi's hideout in 2006.
His move, notwithstanding, persevered. First calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq, then Islamic nation of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, his fans sought shelter in risky, ungoverned wallet at the Iraq-Syria border. while the Syrian civil warfare 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 specified high-level entry to CIA and Jordanian assets, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational info with the views of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of country, a lot of whom foresaw a risk worse than al Qaeda and attempted desperately to prevent it. Black Flags is a superb and definitive heritage that unearths the lengthy arc of today's most threatening extremist probability.
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Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick