Frontline: The Secret History of Isis

Frontline: The Secret History of Isis

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Investigate the inside story of the creation of ISIS — including the ascent of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (pictured) — and how the U.S. missed the many warning signs.

Credit: Courtesy of FRONTLINE

Get the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the U.S. missed the many warning signs.

“They came out of nowhere.” That was the common refrain when ISIS captured the world’s attention by seizing large swaths of Iraq, declaring an Islamic caliphate, and initiating a series of deadly terrorist attacks around the globe, including in Paris and Brussels. But as the new FRONTLINE documentary The Secret History of ISIS, airing Tuesday, June 20 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, reveals in grim detail, the emergence of the brutal terrorist group should not have been a surprise — especially to the U.S. government.

The Secret History of ISIS investigates the inside political story of how the American invasion of Iraq and the decisions of two Presidents helped to lay the groundwork for ISIS to grow into the world’s most feared terrorist group. Going behind the headlines, the film shows how Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a one-time thug turned jihadi leader, was able to outmaneuver the American government for a time and build a brutal terrorist organization that would destabilize the Middle East and inflict violence around the world.

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