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Description - Black Flags by Joby Warrick

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 to become the world's greatest threat. 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 Western governments led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swathes of Syria and Iraq. Zarqawi began by directing terror attacks from a base in northern Iraq, but it was the allied invasion in 2003 that catapulted him to the head of a vast insurgency. By falsely identifying him as the link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, Western officials inadvertently spurred like-minded radicals to rally to his cause. Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings persisted until American and Jordanian intellig

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780593076828
ISBN-10: 0593076826
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 153mm x 28mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Div of Random House, Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joby Warrick

JOBY WARRICK has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 1996. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, and the author of The Triple Agent.

Books By Joby Warrick

Black Flags by Joby Warrick
Paperback / softback, September 2016
$26.20
Triple Agent by Joby Warrick
Paperback, May 2012
$26.12