ISIS: Inside the army of terror
ISIS:: Inside the army of terror. By Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan. Regan Arts.. New York,, 2015.. P p . 270.. ISBN:: 978 - 1 - 941393 - 57 - 4.
Reviewer:: Elfa tih A.. Abdelsalam, Professor, Department of Political Science,, International Islamic University Malaysia. E - mail:: elfatih@@iiium..eedu..mmy
With brutal force and horrific beheadings of hostages,, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IISIS)) has shocked the world.. T hey have conquered massive territories in both countries – equal to the size of the United Kingdom – and promise to create a new Muslim caliphate under the strict dictates of Sharia law.
In ISIS:: inside the Army of terror , American journalist Michael Weis s and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who,, with sickly produced murder ideas,, are spreading violence and mayhem across the Middle East.. Beginning with the early days of Abu Musab al - Zarqawi,, the founder of ISIS‟‟ss first incarnation as “aal - Qaeda in Iraq””,, Weiss and Hassan explain who the key players are – from their elusive leader Abu Bakr al - Baghdadi to the former Saddam Baath ists in their ranks – where they come from,, how they have attracted both local and global support,, and how they operate – from their social media strategy to illicit oil revenues..