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The Rise of ISIS

Season 2014 Episode 16 | 54m 11s

FRONTLINE investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith, who made "Truth, War & Consequences," "Beyond Baghdad," "Private Warriors" and "Gangs of Iraq," reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again.

Aired: 10/26/14
Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by the Ford Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Park Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.
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The criminal cases against former President Trump stemming from his 2020 election loss.
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Beyond Gaza, the power of Hamas, Hezbollah and other forces in the region.
The struggle between the Israeli leader & multiple U.S. presidents over Middle East peace.
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How thousands of Ukrainian children have been taken and held in Russian-controlled areas.
The criminal cases against former President Trump tied to his 2020 election loss.
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The struggle between the Israeli leader & multiple U.S. presidents over Middle East peace.
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