ISIS: Roots of Terror

What turned Ibrahim Aouad, an educated, moderate man from Samara, into Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the most wanted terrorist in the world? How were ISIS able to take control of such a large area in a matter of months?

Director Kamal Redouani, who has travelled extensively in the Middle East for the past 10 years, gained rare access to al-Baghdadi’s childhood village, where his family still live, and spoke to those who knew him.

He visited the notorious prison of Abu Ghraib and investigated how an alliance of jihadis and former officials under Saddam Hussein enabled Al Qaeda’s associates to infiltrate the Arab revolutions. He also collected unpublished testimonies of those who have killed for ISIS or been forced to live under its rules in their Caliphate.


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Director: KAMAL REDOUANI
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


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