The Rise of ISIS
Great Decisions 2016 | Topic 2
Born out of an umbrella organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in both countries and declared itself a caliphate.
Born out of an umbrella organization of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) burst onto the international stage after it conquered Fallujah in December 2013. Since then, the group has seized control of a number of critical strongholds in both countries and declared itself a caliphate. Still, the question remains: what is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests?
- The Game Theory of Terrorism
- Obama Says of Terrorist Threat: 'We Will Overcome It'
- Here are the Ancient Sites ISIS has Damaged and Destroyed
- Why U.S. Efforts to Cut Off Islamic State’s Funds Have Failed: It’s more than just oil
- Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State
- Life under ISIS in Raqqa and Mosul: ‘We’re living in a giant prison’
- How to win your family's ISIS debate this Thanksgiving
- Recent Attacks Demonstrate Islamic State’s Ability to Both Inspire and Coordinate Terror
- Interactive live-mapping of the war on ISIS
- Battle for Iraq and Syria in Maps
- Iraq Situation Report: December 22, 2015 - January 6, 2016
- Interactive maps of efforts to stem the rise of ISIS
- ISIS Sanctuary: January 29, 2016
- Ramadi, Reclaimed by Iraq, Is in Ruins After ISIS Fight
- Obama’s Strategy, ISIS’s Coercive Diplomacy, and Escalation Dominance
- The U.S. must send ground forces to eliminate the Islamic State
- How to Beat ISIS Without 50,000 Troops
- San Bernardino shooting: what we know
- Reclaiming the ruins from Islamic State
- More Is Needed to Beat ISIS, Pentagon Officials Conclude
2016 National Opinion Ballot Report
Bunzel gives a good, comprehensive overview of the intellectual history of the Islamic State’s rise to power.
Callimachi presents a disturbing look into the world that ISIS rules, and how it has institutionalized rape as a method of control.
A good quick introduction to the basic facts about ISIS: who they are and where they came from.
McCants provides a brisk read outlining the roots and formation of the Islamic State. Of special interest is McCants’ translations of several of the key texts ISIS uses to form its ideological foundations
McCants provides the best biography of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the current head of ISIS.
In a compelling and heartbreaking piece of narrative reporting, Wright looks at the families who negotiated with ISIS in an effort to get their children back, while also shining a light on U.S. policy toward hostages abroad.
Wood probes whether ISIS is really as “Islamic” as it claims, how does the group think and what texts guide its decision-making.
Journalist Michael Weiss and analyst Hassan Hassan outline the trajectory of ISIS from its origins to its form at the time of publication.
An account of the rise of ISIS, with a view to how the West contributed to circumstances which fostered the organization’s growth.
The Council on Foreign Relations' interactive guide to the Islamic State explains the origins of the group, its distinction from other militant groups and the U.S. strategy vis-à-vis ISIS.
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