Featured Documentary – Enemy of Enemies: The Rise of ISIL (Part 1)

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ISIL has been truly devastating to those it comes in contact with and bloody to those under its control. Its sudden rise and expansion in 2014 has perplexed many. It has humiliated its enemies, including those in Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran and Washington. Armed with extensive weaponry, boasting an international fighting force and adept in the art of digital media propaganda, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become the de facto authority across an area the size of the United Kingdom. This two-part series peels back the rhetoric to examine how a volunteer organization managed to rise up from the ashes of post-invasion Iraq and defeat standing armies many times its size and capacity. How did it begin? How did it grow so astonishingly quickly? And how is it being used by global and regional powers to change the geopolitical map of the Middle East? With critical testimony from informed insiders and experts from across three continents, as well as original footage from Syria and Iraq, this series mixes documentary and discussion to unravel the interweaving nexus of events and alliances, at once aligned and conflicting, that have given rise to the world’s most notorious, and powerful, insurgent group.

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  1. lesson being: you cannot go to war under "bipolar" democracy. all we do is lose resources, soldiers, and gain nothing but the spread of chaos.. oh, and spend more on the military industry, lets not forget that.

  2. First some States of the Middle East give ISIS money. The Pentagon helps to create them and then the CIA, MI5 and Mossad help to spread their flames. Then the ISIS is used to create false false havoc across the Planet. Now we have to eliminate them.
    This smells more like Bankster and One World Order created busy work.

  3. I'm going to watch this, but first a question about Al Jazeera:
    Do you think they have the balls to talk about the Qatari pipeline project and how Isis was created by the CIA and US intelligence to destabilize and destroy the countries that said no to the pipeline?
    Naw, I bet they don't. They will talk about anything else, though. Like it came out of a cauldron on its own.

  4. I hope everyone realizes that the US invaded the country to foment civil war and essentially Balkanize it along sectarian lines, exactly as we had done in Bosnia in the 90s and later in Libya (what was formerly one of the most stable and secular nations in North Africa is today is a virtual failed state) and of course still ongoing in Syria. The creation of ISIL was not an accident. Destabilization was the goal from the onset, otherwise we would not have acted as we did, alienating by refusing them any part in the new government, all Baathists (after the CIA was so instrumental in the rise to power many decades earlier) simply by association. As we can see, this has been very successful. Neither Iraq nor Libya can today project power as unified states and Syria has been greatly diminished. While Iran is more isolated and surrounded by US military bases. While Israel digs for oil in the Golan Heights.

  5. the fact remains that reguardless whats on offer some people in this world want to live like savages,what we need to do is build large walls to keep them within their own boarders and let them get on with it.

  6. We American were drag into Shi'a Sunni fighting it was Suadi who inspired to lead us with double game one to support American to lead another support whabism to kill collision by lies we are to kill muslim a lies fraud and nothing

  7. You would think the United States would have learned from the mistakes in its domestic prison system. Many of the major Street Gangs in the US were either created or are run from inside their prisons. It is not a shook once one knows about the history of American gangs. This is another mistake to put on the long list of mistakes that have been made in the middle east. And we in the west actually have to ask why the middle east has a problem.

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