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  • Author: Joby Warrick
  • Brand: Anchor
  • UPC: 9780804168939
  • Item #: 1797093X
  • Available Date: 9/16/2016
  • Model Number: 9780804168939
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In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. Trade paperback will have a new afterword.

When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

The wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings initiated by Zarqawi and his followers persisted until the lethal airstrike on his hideout that killed him in 2006. His movement, however, endured. First calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq, then Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, his followers sought refuge in unstable, ungoverned pockets on the Iraq-Syria border. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, and as the U.S. largely stood by, ISIS seized its chance to pursue Zarqawi’s dream of an ultra-conservative Islamic caliphate.

Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw in ISIS a menace worse than al-Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it. Black Flags is a brilliant and definitive history that reveals the long arc of today’s most dangerous extremist threat.

About the Author

JOBY WARRICK has covered intelligence, diplomacy, and national security for The Washington Post, where he has been a reporter since 1996. Currently, he is the Post’s national environment reporter. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and an Overseas Press Club Award for his journalism and is the author of The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • Political Science / Terrorism

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