Doku: The Spread of the Caliphate – The Islamic State

Die erste Folge einer neuen Doku-Reihe des Vice Mags über den Islamischen Staat und seine Hintergründe. Angesichts auf Berge geflüchteter Volksgruppen, Luftschlägen im Irak, Gewalt von Extremisten in Herford und Hipster Jihadi ein ziemliches Must Watch, auch wenn mir der Vice-Stil grade bei solchen Themen etwas sauer aufstößt.

The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced their intention to reestablish the caliphate and declared their leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph.

Flush with cash and US weapons seized during recent advances in Iraq, the Islamic State’s expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of massacres emerged.

Vice: The Islamic State (Part 1)