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ê Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ê A thoroughly depressing read for reasons that are all too obvious, but I wanted to improve my understanding of this loathsome organisation Joby Warrick ê Despite the upsetting subject matter, this is an absolutely engrossing read, with extensive first hand testimony from former U Joby Warrick ê S diplomats, CIA operatives, staff of the Jordanian intelligence service, and Sunni Iraqi tribal leaders who have alternately supported and fought the Islamists It was depressing to read about how, prior to the Iraq invasion, the Bush administration exerted constant pressure on the CIA to produce evidence of Saddam s links with Al Qaeda, that simply didn t exist Even worse was the almost unbelievable lack of planning for the post invasion governance of Iraq, that created the chaos from which ISIS ISIL was born We have of course heard this from other sources, but it is always enlightening to h ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ ↠´ Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ↠´ If one were to read one book to gain an understanding of how the Islamic State ISIS was able to conquer a land mass that is as big as Israel and Lebanon, it should be Joby Warrick s new monograph, BLACK FLAGS THE RISE OF ISIS Warrick, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Washington Post writes in a clear style that allows the reader to gain insight and understanding of the many important points he makes What separates Warrick s effort from the myriad of works on ISIS that have appeared in the last year is the perspective he brings A major part of the book presents the rise of ISIS from the Jordanian point of view Concentrating on King Abdullah II of Jordan, the reader is exposed to the inner workings of the Hashemite Kingdom as they try to cope with what is occurring on two sides of their border The book ope ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ ½ Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ½ 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 bbq, 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 days Joby Warrick ½ All 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 Qaeda and Bin Laden, but the real focus is Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the thug turned religious zealot and leader of a violent fundamentalist movement Joby Warrick ½ Joby Warrick gives the reader plenty of details on Zarqawi s past and what made him who he eventually became It s not an in depth character ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ ☆ Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ☆ If you are a general reader and want to read one book on the origin of ISIS, look no further In telling the story through individuals the book contrasts to others like ISIS The State of Terror or Inside Syria The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect that arethorough and focuson politics and policies Joby Warrick s approach, focusing on the key personnel, holds your attention throughout This book is heavy on the founder, Abu Musab Zarqawi and its beginnings as part of Al Qaeda, where the others focuson the group as ISIS filling the power vacuum in Syria Joby Warrick ☆ Zarqawi is shown through the lens of Jordan s security agency, Mukhabarat, and Nada Bakos his targeter for the US You see him imprisoned for crimes and terrorist activities He is interrogated, often, by Mukhabarat The chaos in Iraq was a perfect opportu ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ ✓ Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ✓ This book describes the rise of ISIS It is in three sequential parts The first is the background of Abu Musab al Zarqawi who was born in Jordan At first he was just a common thug and not religious He was arrested and in prison fell under the spell of Islam and became radicalized He was released as part of a prisoner exchange, something that happens with regularity in the Middle East Joby Warrick ✓ From there he journeyed to Iraq this becomes the second part of the book During the U Joby Warrick ✓ S led invasion of Iraq he became the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq Zarqawi became a very adept organizer and carried out violent terrorist activities in both Iraq and Jordan you have only to read of the tragic fate of Nick Berg to see how personally sadistic Zarqawi could be We also learn much in this book of the in ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´

Ù Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS Ù Warrick, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, explores the origins of ISIS Beginning in the 1990 s he chronicles the rise of Zarqawi and al Qaeda in Iraq and ends with the Syrian war and the rise of Baghdadi and ISIS Warrick is a skilled writer making his account very readable and easy to digest Most of us will remember the major events described Warrick adds value by connecting them, filling in the gaps, giving us a continuous narrative We see the stunning appearance of ISIS running rampant over Iraq not as a mysterious force arising from nowhere, but a logical and predictable continuation of the prior decade of terrorist activity ISIS s rise was fueled by sectarian division It was aided by miscalculations and political expediency by American and Arab administrations alike Below are my notes Abu Musab al Zarqawi grew up in ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ ï Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ï Excellent history on the rise of ISIS and the US involvement in Iraq Terrific narrator for the audiobook Joby Warrick ï 5 out of 5 stars Joby Warrick ï ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ ë Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS ë I expectedfrom this book, when I read it It it bring anything new about Isis Joby Warrick ë ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ È Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS È 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 U Joby Warrick È S invasion of Iraq on which he spent an enormous amount of our time , or after Zarqawi was killed in 2006 He said nothing significantly different from newspaper reporting in the U Joby Warrick È S 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 way Joby Warrick È I was already familiar with what the newspapers had reported, and found his account rehashed old ground Cockburn s analysis, on the other ↠´ read  Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick ↠´ Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Joby Warrick Reveals How The Strain Of Militant Islam Now Raising Its Banner Across Iraq 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 Released Was Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, A Man Who Would Go On To Become A Terrorist Mastermind Too Dangerous Even For Al Qaeda And Give Rise To An Islamist Movement Bent On Dominating The Middle East Zarqawi Began By Directing Hotel Bombings And Assassinations In Jordan From A Base In Northern Iraq, But It Was The American Invasion Of That Country InThat Catapulted Him To The 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 Zarqawi In AAirstrike But His Movement Endured, First Called Al Qaeda In Iraq, Then Renamed Islamic State Of Iraq And Syria, Or ISIS, Seeking Refuge In Unstable, Ungoverned Pockets On The Iraq Syria Border And As The Syrian Civil War Broke Out In , ISIS Seized Its Chance To Pursue Zarqawi S Dream Of A Sweeping, Ultra Conservative Islamic Caliphate Drawing On Unique 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

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