ISIS Explained: Iraq, Syria, Rise and Fall

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The terrorist organization explained in 7 minutes.

To understand how ISIS has risen to power, you need to understand its roots and the story behind how it has formed. A story that goes back thousands of years, and the tragic future that awaits our world.

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