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How ISIS Uses Sexual Predators’ Techniques to Lure Western Women (Podcast)
A panel including FRONTLINE's Martin Smith explains how ISIS thrives through killings, kidnappings and coercion.
November 12, 2014
White House Official Defends Administration's ISIS Response
The day after FRONTLINE's "The Rise of ISIS" aired, a White House official defended the Obama administration against criticism that it was slow to respond to warnings about the terrorist group.
October 30, 2014
What Happens When Arming the Rebels Goes Wrong?
Despite growing calls for deeper U.S. involvement in the arming and training of Syrian rebel forces fighting ISIS, an internal CIA analysis suggests such efforts do not always go as advertised.
October 30, 2014
Losing Iraq
October 28, 2014
How Saddam's Former Soldiers Are Fueling the Rise of ISIS
As the radical jihadist group marches through Iraq, it is quietly utilizing a network of former members of Sadaam Hussein's army to help militarize its fighting force.
October 28, 2014
In Their Own Words: Sunnis on Their Treatment in Maliki’s Iraq
They describe the many grievances of Iraq’s Sunni population, which they say led to the resurrection of the Sunni insurgency — once again providing a safe haven for extremists.
October 28, 2014
Slideshow: Life Under the Rule of ISIS
One of the few windows into the Islamic State comes from photographs produced by the group itself.
October 28, 2014
Who Runs the Islamic State?
From the bodyguard to the media spokesman, meet the new caliph's top men.
October 28, 2014
An ISIS Jailbreak at Abu Ghraib: "Hell Is Coming"
A July 2013 ISIS attack on Abu Ghraib freed more than 500 prisoners -- and came at a crucial time.
October 28, 2014
Can Haider al-Abadi Bridge Iraq's Sectarian Divide?
Not without reining in the Shia militias operating on the ground, according to experts who spoke to FRONTLINE.
October 21, 2014
Back from Iraq: 10 Questions with Martin Smith
The FRONTLINE producer was on the ground in Iraq as the US began airstrikes against ISIS. He's safely out now -- and he's answering your questions about what he saw.
August 13, 2014
Why Are So Many Westerners Joining ISIS?
And do they pose an imminent danger to the U.S. and other Western targets?
August 11, 2014
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