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Black Flags The Rise of ISIS?   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 2003 that 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 Zarawi in a 2006 airstrike   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 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 1999 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 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 dominating the Middle East ? The book is deceiving The origins and the book's dubious agenda are very apparent However some of the information shared by Joby is really useful Unfortunately we cannot trust journalists too much these days Not to be forgotten journalistic instincts were saying Madam President even before the announcement 😷

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read Black Flags The Rise of ISIS doc Ï ebook Ë [EPUB] ✼ 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 Ira and Syria spread from a remote Jordanian prison with the unwitting aid of Ameri   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 2011 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 editi Warrick a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist explores the origins of ISIS Beginning in the 1990’s he chronicles the rise of Zarawi and al aeda in Ira 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 Ira 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 Zarawi grew up in Jordan as a local tough a common criminal Hoping to change his direction his mother encouraged him to attend an Islamist mosue He adopted extremist beliefs with fervor He went to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets in the spring of 1989 arriving just as the Soviet troops left Instead he fought the Russian backed Afghan government Gaining four years of combat experience he became a mujahid or holy warrior He returned to Jordan in 1993 where he was imprisoned after joining in an aborted terror attack in 1994 After release in 1999 he went back to Afghanistan where he ran a training camp for Al aeda and was seriously injured by an American bomb In 2001 he set up a new training camp separate from Al aeda in Ira Warrick notes “Zarawi’s rough character had been thrice remolded By war by prison and by responsibilities of command at the helm of his own Afghan training camp He had come to regard himself as a leader and a man with a destiny “Zarawi soon found his presence in Ira elevated by the Bush administration In their politically driven insistence to link Al aeda to Saddam Hussein they pointed to Zarawi as the connection Colin Powell and administration spokespeople singled him out making him famous and a magnet for terrorists from every corner of the Muslim world In fact he had been simply lying low in a remote part of Ira following his injury in Afghanistan The Irai intelligence service had monitored Zarawi just like the Americans did but the Irais would never cooperate with him The secular Irai government considered Muslim extremists including Zarawi enemies to be eliminated But the Bush administration only developed facts that fit their political narrative Once Saddam was defeated the Bush administration’s complete lack of planning for governing and security afterwards made Ira fertile ground for an emboldened Zarawi and his many new recruitsZarawi captured Nicholas Evan Berg an innocent American and personally cut off his head on a video released in May 2004 He made himself a terrorist leader second in fame only to Osama bin Laden Again notoriety brought him many new recruits Now Zarawi became a prime target of the intelligence agencies In September 2004 after widespread attacks killings and violence led by Zarawi Osama bin Laden endorsed him in a video broadcast over Arabian TV stations proclaiming Zarawi the “emir of the al aeda for Jihad Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers” But there was a serious disagreement Bin Laden thought it a mistake to go after Shiites believing Sunni Muslims would not approve of killing and brutalizing fellow Muslims Zarawi was not deterred a narcissist he was building his own organization an al aeda 20 In November 2005 Zarawi finally went too far in a massive bombing of three prominent Jordanian hotels killing scores of innocent Muslims including women and children Jordanians and many other Sunnis were outraged This senseless attack led immediately to increased cooperation between Jordan and the US which would eventually result in Zarawi’s death But first in February 2006 Zarawi would bomb an important Shiite monument in Samarra The bombing led to intense Sunni Shiite conflict killing over thirteen hundred in the next few days and rekindling widespread sectarian violence Finally in June 2006 with Jordanian help the U S Special Forces located his safe house bombed it and killed him In the first year after Zarawi’s death terrorist acts increased in Ira but then steeply declined through 2010 as beefed up US Special Forces went all out relentlessly pursuing insurgents decimating their ranks disrupting their plans and diminishing their stature US forces left Ira in December 2011 but regime threatening protests in Syria that year created a new crisis Syrian president Assad decided to create a diversion intended to make Syrians see his administration as necessary to preserve order He emptied his jails of common criminals excluding protesters but including terrorists The hardcore insurgents in that release included former members of Zarawi’s organization and other jihadist groups They would coalesce around a nascent terrorist organization ISIS which already had a new leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi Baghdadi had risen as a religious leader of the Islamic State of Ira which had been formed by Zarawi’s cohorts following his death As the Syrian protests devolved into violence and civil war ISIS saw an opportunity ISIS assigned a group named the al Nusra Front to fight Assad alongside the rebels except these were jihadists Other jihadists joined in Now car bombs IED’s and suicide bombers were deployed with regularity Assad’s enemies many rich and powerful in other Arab countries financed these Islamic extremists Extremist groups attracted recruits from Europe and across the Muslim world posing a threat to their home countries when they returned In April 2013 Baghdadi formally announced on video the formation of ISIS crediting the deceased Zarawi as the original founder Like Zarawi he rebuked al aeda Baghdadi like Zarawi demanded extreme violence from his organization which was seen as counterproductive by al aeda He split from al aeda Al Nusra had become independent and stayed with al aeda splitting from ISIS Baghdadi had bold plans for Ira and Syria He began by attacking prisons freeing many terrorists who then joined ISIS ISIS took over city after city making Raa in Syria its headuarters in the summer of 2013 ISIS uickly grew to 10000 fighters Its success attracted and recruits from Europe the Middle East and North Africa President Obama believed American involvement would make matters worse This decision left non Islamist groups fighting Assad with no hope of significant outside support ISIS was further strengthened as the only viable alternative Baghdadi began his push into the Irai heartland in 2014 capturing Falluja a city that had cost the US dearly to retake from Zarawi a decade earlier ISIS exploited the Sunni Shiite division receiving significant support from Sunni tribes disgusted with the Shiite led Irai government Irai Sunni tribes believed they could trust Baghdadi who also was an Irai Sunni Zarawi as a Jordanian never elicited that trust These tribes soon found out their mistake suffering under the brutal excesses of ISIS rule ISIS went on to take Mosul routing the Irai army and threatening Baghdad ISIS captured vast stores of military euipment banks filled with cash and revenue producing oil wells ISIS adopted formal government structures ISIS in essence now had the caliphate Baghdadi sought to establish Warrick’s book was published in 2015 so he leaves us with ISIS at its peak What would prove to be a major turning point in ISIS’s fate was the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot in a cage The professionally produced video was seen worldwide but its impact was greatest in the Islamic world where it was denounced by all Now Islamic states turned their guns on ISIS with worldwide support Just as Zarawi had gone too far in the Amman Jordan hotel bombings so too had Baghdadi with this horrific display of cruelty