Talk about putting yourself in harm’s way… Ross Kemp and his camera team dodge a sniper’s bullets in a forward position as they follow the Kurdish advance against Isis in Iraq and northern Syria. This area, between the Tigris and Euphrates, is supposed to be the “cradle of civilisation”, but it’s now a wasteland, with towns flattened: In Iraq, Kemp stares around blankly at the “post-Armageddon” remains of Sinjar, with booby traps still in place in the bombed-out shells of churches. And the human cost is appalling: one clearly shell-shocked Kurdish woman describes bluntly how her children were either kidnapped or killed; and Kemp sees the results of one mass killing, which brings him close to tears.
Discover the inside political story of how the American invasion of Iraq and the decisions of two Presidents helped to lay the groundwork for ISIS to grow into the world's most feared terrorist group. Learn how Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a one-time thug turned jihadi leader, was able to outmaneuver the U.S. government and build a terrorist organization that would destabilize the Middle East and inflict violence worldwide.
Award-winning National Geographic writer Neil Shea goes to the frontlines of the fight with the Islamic State to explain how this cultural mix makes the Kurds the best unified front to end ISIS, one of the most powerful terrorist networks in history.