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ISIS. Wewnątrz armii terroru

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,110 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Wnikliwy raport o najgroźniejszej grupie terrorystycznej świata.

W jaki sposób brutalni ekstremiści przekształcili się z prawie rozbitej grupy irackich powstańców w armię dżihadystów, do której należą międzynarodowi ochotnicy ścinający zakładników z Zachodu na profesjonalnie wyprodukowanych nagraniach? Jak udało się im podbić terytorium pod względem powierzchni równe Wielki
Paperback, 376 pages
Published November 4th 2015 by Burda Książki (first published 2015)
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Riaha Yanke The rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamist militant group that has seized a chunk of land stretching from northern Syria to…moreThe rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamist militant group that has seized a chunk of land stretching from northern Syria to central Iraq, has struck fear into the hearts of leaders around the world. CNN explains ISIS' roots, what it controls, and where its support comes from.

The group began in 2004 as al Qaeda in Iraq, before re branding as ISIS two years later. It was an ally of -- and had similarities with -- Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda: both were radical anti-Western militant groups devoted to establishing an independent Islamic state in the region. But ISIS -- unlike al Qaeda, which disowned the group in early 2014 -- has proven to be more brutal and more effective at controlling territory it has seized.
ISIS is putting governing structures in place to rule the territories the group conquers once the dust settles on the battlefield. From the cabinet and the governors to the financial and legislative bodies, ISIS' bureaucratic hierarchy looks a lot like those of some of the Western countries whose values it rejects -- if you take away the democracy and add in a council to consider who should be beheaded.(less)
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Maru Kun
My grandmother hated the Germans until the day she died. Nothing I could say about the greatness of Bach or German regret over the war would make any difference. I could sympathize with her view, though, given she had lived through the Blitz in East Ham and been bombed by the Germans on a daily basis for weeks on end.

So maybe it was my Grandmother who made me think that the plans of US neo-conservatives to bomb the Iraqis into a state of western democracy would never work. Surely such bombing wo
Benoit Lelièvre
This is a tale of two halves, really. It's a complicated book, for starters. I don't suggest jumping right into it without any pre-existing knowledge on the question. I suggest watching Frontline's documentary LOSING IRAQ first, in order to help you gain an understanding on the key point of why ISIS came to exist. The first half of ISIS: INSIDE THE ARMY OF TERROR is a treasure of information on how the convergence of Salafism and Baathism, and the opportunism of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi creates this ...more
Steven Z.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each evening the nightly news seems to zero in on another story that relates to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). We are bombarded with border crossings into Syria from Turkey, the state of the effort by Iraqi forces to retake Tikrit, fears concerning Iran’s role in Iraq should ISIS finally be defeated, the capture of a former American Air Force veteran seized at the Turkish border and extradited to the United States, and yesterday’s brutal attack in Tunisia. This nightly visual obsess ...more
Good book if someone is looking for history of ISIS and how it runs it's caliphate project. The first half contains a lot of good information on why USA failed in Iraq and how ISIS used that for their gain. There's a long one sided section on Syria and how it's Assad fault that ISIS reigns there. I'm by no means an Assad fan, but every suicide bomber against Assad is an Inside Job, or that he secretly runs ISIS? The western part, and by that i mean USA part, in this whole mess gets very little p ...more
This book offers some useful insights into the operation of ISIS, as well as its origins. Particularly of interest were a few interviews the authors were able to conduct with current and former ISIS members, or people who lived in ISIS territory. Given the necessarily rushed nature of the book its not exactly a stunning literary achievement or particularly enjoyable to read, but it serves a utilitarian purpose of describing the mechanics of the group in a way which is somewhat useful. ISIS is op ...more
Cindy Leighton
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, middle-east
This very recent (February 2015) book about the development and scope of ISIS really made me realize how little I actually know not only about what is going on now with ISIS, but about the history of the US's involvement in the Middle East. Very well researched and filled with detail - the authors even interviewed current members of ISIS as well as people living in ISIS controlled areas - I was left desperate for a map and a glossary to help me keep everything and everyone straight.

Some of the c
One of the problems with writing about ISIS is how quickly things change. This book certainly doesn't fall into the “hastily cobbled together to cash in” category: but reading about the Charlie Hebdo killings in a book that was released only a few weeks afterwards is still rather odd. And the ability to do so belies the main problem I had with the book — it's mostly just plain factual reporting. I'm very far from expert in this area, so there was a lot of new information to me, but I was constan ...more
Mehmet Akif Koc
A well-researched and timely book (published in February, 2015) about the so-called "Islamic State", its history, economics and expansion... In particular, the chapters abıut the Baathists of Iraq inside the structure and its controversial relations with Bashar al-Assad are significant. However, focuses on the history of Syria-Iraq in post-Saddam period and reflects nearly nothing on historical, religious and eoconomic root-causes of the rise of Islamic radicalism in the region...
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror is a very well researched history combined with first-hand accounts of the rise ISIS, its relationships with other states and groups in the region and throughout the world, along with insights into its motives, actions, and agendas.

If you're like me and not already particularly knowledgeable of Middle Eastern news and geography of the past 10+ years, you'll probably have some of the same struggles I did to keep up with all the names and places. If you can allow fo
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: syria, politics
A common misconception amongst many who discuss ISIL - be it the press, politicians, or otherwise - is the idea that the organisation sprung out of no where; or at least, that it is fairly nascent. This is a direct result of the western media eschewing the consequences of military intervention in the Iraq war, and the subsequent marginalisation of Iraqi Sunni Muslims.

We begin with events that even precede the second gulf war. The first chapter introduces us to Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, the now-dece
This was NOT an easy read. This book, while VERY interesting, is not accessible to the layman or the politically ignorant. I found it difficult to grasp a lot of the geopolitical aspects of rival factions etc, being unfamiliar with the geographical and political structures of the middle east. This book is more for a person familiar with the territory, rival groups etc and politics as a means of overview of a complex subject: ISIS.

I could hardly tolerate the first half.BUT that was largely in par
Steve Griffin
With the mainstream media so politically canted, the book was refreshing in that it did not seem to have a political agenda. However, it is not an easy read. Most importantly, it sufficiently covers a topic that affects our nation every day, both overseas and domestically. The two biggest take-aways for me were – the definitive links of the current militants to the Iraqi insurgency, which was in response to the U.S invasion of Iraq in 2003 – giving us the “long war;” and secondly, how much longe ...more
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent analysis of how ISIS rose to power. Current and up-to-date. A glossary and a few maps would have been helpful though.
Mohamad Ballan
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very refreshing and accessible analysis and assessment of ISIS by two authors who are clearly very familiar with the region. The book--which is lucidly written and straightforward--presents the rise of ISIS within the broader context of the rise of jihadist networks across Iraq (since 2003) and Syria (since 2011). The authors provide important insight into the institutional and organizational links between ISIS and its earlier incarnations, al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq while ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weiss and Hassan have produced a detailed and highly readable book on the history of ISIS. They have done extensive research on the subject not only delving into the archives but conducting lots of interviews with a variety of people such as NATO and regional military officials, intelligence operatives and diplomats. They also state they interviewed defecting Syrian spies and officials and well as Syrians who work for ISIS. Hassan is an expert on tribal and jihadist dynamics and is a researcher ...more
This is one of a number of recent books on the rise and current state of ISIS (aka ISIL and Da'esh), which seems particularly relevant given events in Paris this week. This one had some good detail, but there were times I struggled to follow the thread of the authors' arguments.
Mari Biella
I have to admit that, prior to reading this book, I was not particularly well-informed about ISIS, aka ISIL, aka Islamic State, aka Daesh (in a story so convoluted, even names are a source of confusion). The group was making the news, certainly, and so I was aware – albeit rather vaguely – about their ideology, their terrifying methods, and their startling march across whole swathes of the Middle East. What I had gleaned from news bulletins and internet articles, however, did not amount to a gre ...more
The beginning of this book has a lot of useful information on the formation of ISIS. The authors present a lot of detailed information on Az-Zarqawi and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and how this ultimately led to the formation of ISIS. I think they did a a pretty good job describing how the power vacuum left by the US led invasion allowed Al-Qaeda in Iraq to flourish, which in turn, allowed ISIS to form. They also present a lot of useful information on how the advancement of Shi'a leaders at the cost of Sun ...more
Michael Flanagan
This book gave me some great insight into ISIS on a historical and organisational level. The author uses a great array of sources to give the reader a well-researched overview.

I found the historical part of this book very engaging and Michael Weiss does a solid job in putting together all the complicated pieces in a manner that is easy to read. Another aspect of this book that I found riveting was the high level of organisation and planning that ISIS use in its campaigns. They appear to be funct
هيثم سمير
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, isis
After reading the book for the 2nd time. I would say that the book in short is "multum in parvo" or concise and comprehensive.
The authors did too much effort to gather all aspects of ISIS in about 200 pages, they discussed the history, ideology, strategies, media, propaganda, governance, economy, etc.
If I should recommend a reading about ISIS it will definitely be "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror."
Note: I still didn't read Stern & Berger's book nor Loretta Napoleoni's new publication but I
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read on ISIS/Islamic State. I have previously read Black Flag. I appreciated this present work that details to the readers further insight into the Islamic State. The two authors definitely has done their research and while the future will no doubt have more scholarly books analyzing ISIS with more information this book is quite helpful at the moment given how little book length treatment currently exists on ISIS. I think this work would still be important even in ...more
Sajith Kumar
The world awoke to a series of horrifying snuff videos in 2014, in which gory images of people actually being beheaded and burnt alive were uploaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who exploited the unsettled conditions of post-occupation Iraq and rebellion-ravaged Syria. Both these neighbours had a unique feature in common – they were ruled by a strongman belonging to a religious minority who was autocratic and iron-fisted. Saddam Hussein was a Sunni who lorded over Iraq which con ...more
Jennifer Stringer
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-events
This book took forever to read and I nearly gave up several times, but I really wanted to try to understand how everything came to be. It was really hard to keep track of all the cast of characters - a few of the names I recognized from the news, but there were so many more. On top of that, there were all the nom de guerres; just so challenging to keep all the major players apart. And so many factions to try to keep track of: Shia, Sunni, Baathists, al-Qaeda, Takfiris, Salafists, al-Nusra, al-Da ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reporting of both the current (as of its release almost in February 2015) conflict under the banner of ISIS and the events that helped birth the organization during the previous decade. The story was little confusing for me but with the help of Google I was able to cobble together many of the pieces to get a much better understanding of the crisis (or maybe I just understand better that I will never fully understand it). To a large extent, but not always, the telling has the unbiased ...more
2.5 stars. Weiss thoroughly outlines ISIS's rise to power in Iraq and Syria by offering an in-depth analysis of the terror group's tactical strategies in recruitment, politics, warfare, and even municipal administration. There's a lot of information to learn from this book, but it is not for the faint of heart. In other words, you need a pretty fundamental base knowledge of Islam and Middle East politics to dive into this book without being completely in the woods. For me (someone who tries thei ...more
It's become so hard to follow the different factions in the current Middle East situation, and ISIS seemed to come from nowhere, so when I saw this book, I decided to see whether it clarified things for me. It helped a lot, although I'm not going to say I totally understand yet. For one thing, the names, both of the major players and the groups that formed and disbanded and the ones that have survived to compete with each other are often so similar that it's difficult to keep the players straigh ...more
This book was written with an agenda, and far from being a objective view of the complicated middle-east situation as it stands today. It is an outright polemic to the Obama administration and a revisionist history tailored for a neocon audience. Full of mis-directions, thinly resourced references, and outright fabrications, it reads more like a youtube commenter having a flame war with himself than serious piece of journalism. Seriously, if this author has a paying gig at Foreign Policy Magazin ...more
Phil Deschler
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Phil by: National News
Exceptional book and description of the insurgency problems faced in the middle. This is not just about ISIS it is about other insurgency groups, Iraq and Syria. You come to an understanding that the US does not and has not understood the problems they would face before starting a war with Iraq. The focus is on the atrocities of ISIS but many more groups commit atrocities along with Iran, Syria and Iraq.
The US has no answer to stopping any of thr insurgents. It is a situation where ther no clea
Richard Devin
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Michael Weiss is awesome and so too is this book. Both are loaded with information, Michael is great in TV interviews dispensing information in an easy to understand manner, the book however is a tough read as the information regarding ISIS and the entire region is contained in almost every sentence. This is not necessarily a bad thing as I took in and learned so much from the book, it's just a hard read with lots of names, locales and acronyms, that sometimes, overwhelmed me.
Sloppy. Relies very heavily on quotes that aren't particularly poignant. Quotes aren't the same as fact - or even ostensible fact. Three stars solely for how jam packed the book is with dates and information, but the authors really should have focused more on aiding reader comprehension and deciding on the proper balance between academic/journalistic and glib. I highlighted "Tigress" River. Could have happened to anyone, but rowrr nonetheless.
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“Before ISIS controlled eastern Syria, an oil well produced around thirty thousand barrels per day, and each barrel sold for two thousand Syrian pounds—eleven dollars at the current exchange rate. Local families that worked in refineries would make two hundred liras (a little more than one dollar) on each barrel they refined primitively. After ISIS took over, a barrel of oil became cheaper because it fixed the price” 0 likes
“Whatever the perversion or barbarity, ISIS has a ready-made justification. The salability of its dark vision cannot be underestimated. Recently, the US State Department created a Twitter account called “Think Again Turn Away.” It tweets photographs of ISIS atrocities and casualties and links to news stories describing them. It also engages with pro-ISIS accounts, in effect trolling them. Thus, in opposition to @OperationJihad, who wrote to no one in particular, quoting a jihadist anthem, “We have nothing to achieve in this world, except martyrdom, [i]n the mountains we will be buried and snow will be our shroud,” the State Department rejoined: “Much more honorable to give a Syrian child a pair of boots than drive him from his home into snow w/your quest for death.” @OperationJihad didn’t bother to reply.” 0 likes
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