ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

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Initially dismissed by US President Barack Obama, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shocked the world by conquering massive territories in both countries and promising to create a vast new Muslim caliphate that observes the strict dictates of Sharia law. In ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who have conquered territory equal to the size of Great Britain. Drawing on original interviews with former US military officials and current ISIS fighters, the authors also reveal the internecine struggles within the movement itself, as well as ISIS's bloody hatred of Shiite Muslims, which is generating another sectarian war in the region. Past is prologue and America's legacy in the Middle East is sowing a new generation of terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681412801
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Weiss is a columnist for Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, and NOW Lebanon. He is also a fellow at the Institute of Modern Russia where he is the editor-in-chief of The Interpreter, an online translation journal.

Hassan Hassan is an analyst at the Delma Institute, a research center in Abu Dhabi, and a columnist for The National newspaper. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and The New York Times.

Qarie has narrated over 30 series for the Discovery, Learning Channels & The BBC, as well as providing the inflight programming for Virgin Atlantic Airlines & BBC radio plays. He has voiced over 80 video games for the Playstation & Xbox, and was a guest voice on Comedy Central's Drawn Together. He was made an Associate Artist of The Purple Rose Theatre in 2007.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Founding Father: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi's Jihad 1

2 Sheikh of the Slaughterers: Al-Zarqawi and Al-Qaeda in Iraq 23

3 The Management of Savagery: Birth of the Islamic State of Iraq 41

4 Agents of Chaos: Iran and Al-Qaeda 52

5 The Awakening Iraqis Turn on ISI 71

6 Withdrawal Symptoms: ISI and Al-Maliki Wait Out the United States 82

7 Assad's Proxy: Syria and Al-Qaeda 97

8 Rebirth: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Takes Over 110

9 Revolution Betrayed: Jihad Comes to Syria 126

10 Divorce: Al-Qaeda Splits from ISIS 143

11 Converts and "Five-Star Jihadists": The Management of Hype 160

12 From Twitter to Dabiq: Recruiting the New Mujahidin 173

13 Shakedown of the Sheikhs: ISIS Co-Opts the Tribes 186

14 Al-Dawla: The Islamic "State" Sleeper Cells 194

15 Loyalty and Disloyalty: ISIS Ideology in Theory and Practice 216

16 Back to Iraq: ISIS Comes Home 226

17 At War in Syria: Remaining, If Not Expanding 259

18 "We Will Conquer Your Rome": A Year of ISIS Terrorism 293

19 Confessions of an ISIS Spy: A Meeting in Istanbul 325

Epilogue 349

Acknowledgments 363

Notes 367

Index 403

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