ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has established itself as the new brand of international jihad. How did it come to life? How is it financed? And how does one fight a structure that no longer depends on outside funding?
In November 2014, Jérôme Fritel and Stephan Villeneuve spent a month in Iraq to investigate the financing and birth of this terrorist organization. For security reasons, they did not penetrate the territories controlled by ISIS, but investigated along the border regions in Iraq, Kurdistan, and Turkey, as well as in Baghdad, where it all began.
The result? Their award-winning documentary film from Point du Jour International, ISIS, Birth of a Terrorist State, which covers the rise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS. It explains the significance of its proclamation of a caliphate and its control of vast territories and resources. It shows how ISIS unites local Sunni grievances with international jihadist ambitions, and examines the future of the war between ISIS and its enemies.
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