Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

b00rrt346e-01-lBook #12: Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, Jobi Warrick

ISIS has become one of the greatest threats to the security of the United States, its citizens abroad and United States interests.  It is an Islamic organization similar to previous terrorist organizations based on a fundamentalistic understanding of Islamic theology that condones and at times mandates violence.  However this group has taken the violence against muslims and non-muslims as well as oppression of its people to a new extreme in a power play that harkens back to 7th century conquests by the followers of Muhammed.  This book describes the rise of ISIS by chronicling the life of Abu Musab al-Zarqawai and his successor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  It is a chilling read as it discusses the efforts of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the subsequent franchise ISIS in their efforts to destabilized the middle east and aggravate sectarian conflict.  It is a must read for anyone interested in current events in the Middle East as well as for policy makers who will be making decisions on our role in Middle East affairs.

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It Is About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate

b00wrbqodc-01-lBook #5: It Is About Islam: Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate, Glenn Beck:

Since 9/11/01, we have become increasingly aware about terrorism and the threat of terrorism.  And much debate has happened over what motivates groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Haram and ISIS.  In this book, Glenn Beck outlines the argument that terrorist groups are motivated by an apocalyptic agenda that is deeply rooted in Islamic theology.  He shows how radical islamic terrorist have been trying to infiltrate and degrade the culture of the west and return the world to 7th century islamic caliphate.  This book is a chilling read as you see how terrorists have infiltrated our country and see their future goals.

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ISIS: The State of Terror

b00nvls3cm-01-lBook #1: ISIS: The State of Terror, Jessica Stern & J.M. Berger

In recent years, the world has been shocked, horrified and confused by the rise and brutal nature of ISIS.  Who is this group?  What motivates its brutality?  What version of Islam do they represent?  How should we respond?  In this book, the authors describe the history of ISIS, its relationship with Al Queda and how it functions both on the ground and in the world of cyber space.  It is an insightful read about one of the most important foreign policy issues of our day.

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The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS

b00nljkmog-01-lBook #24: The Great War of our Times, Michael Morrell

In the past decade, one of the biggest threats that we have faced as a nation is terrorism as perpetrated by Al Qa’ida and now ISIS.  During this fight, the CIA has played an important part both in gathering of intelligence but also in commitment of human resources to the fight.  In this book, Michael Morrell describes his career at CIA from his time as daily briefer of President George W. Bush to his retirement as deputy director of CIA.  He discusses the CIA perspective of events such as 9/11, Bengazhi, Snowden and other world events.  He provides an interesting history of Al Qa’ida and issues a warning about threat posed by ISIS.  This is an interesting book for anyone interested in current events and foreign policy as it pertains to the United State’s interests in the middle east.

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