PBS America is poised to explore the origins of ISIS in a new hour-long documentary.
The Rise of ISIS charts the origins of the terror group, which was born from dying embers of Al Qaeda In Iraq and the former military commanders from Saddam Hussein’s regime; how various mistakes made by the administration of Nouri Al-Maliki allowed ISIS to gain traction; and how the group was then able to exploit the situation in Syria to become a formidable fighting force. From there they began a campaign to establish a caliphate that spans from Syria to Iraq
The documentary is the latest entry in PBS’ Frontline strand, which explores current affairs. Frontline correspondent Martin Smith gets at the heart of the matter through a series of interviews with such people as Iraqi Deputy PM Hoshyar Zebari, former Iraqi Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, and former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, who, as the documentary lays out, fled the country in 2012 when his bodyguards were implicated in a terrorist plot.
In addition to the myriad of Iraqi officials, the documentary also interviews numerous analysts experts and a former SIS officer, who offer their insight into the rise of ISIS. Through interviews with such people as former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, the documentary also explores the point of view of the Obama administration and reveals that there was some level of division, or even indecision, about the level of threat ISIS posed and how to best respond.
Watch the trailer below:
The Rise Of ISIS premieres on PBS America (Sky 534/Virgin 243) on Thursday December 11th at 9pm.