Important People in Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS

Joby Warrick
This Study Guide consists of approximately 60 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Black Flags.
This section contains 1,879 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS Study Guide

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, birth name Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh, began his life as a violent, petty criminal in Zarqa, Jordan. Having embraced fundamentalist Sunni Islam, as encouraged by his mother to curb his lawbreaking, Zarqawi (literally, "the man from Zarqa") came to embrace jihad against non-Muslims, Shiites, and even insufficiently devoted Sunnis as a way of embracing his new piety along with his fundamentally violent nature. After brief stints in Afghanistan fighting its socialist government in the early 1990s and then in a Jordanian prison for a terror plot, Zarqawi eventually settled in Iraq just prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003.

After the U.S. invasion ousts long-time dictator Saddam Hussein, Zarqawi began carrying out terror attacks designed to hinder the reconstruction of the country, and also targeted Shiites in an effort create conflict between the two major sects of Islam in Iraq. His...

(read more)

This section contains 1,879 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS from BookRags. (c)2017 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook