Unreported World returns with a unique and devastating insight into the last days in the battle between Kurdish fighters and Isis for the Syrian town of Kobani. Reporter Kiki King and director James Brabazon gained unprecedented access to the town on the Turkish border, which had become emblematic of the international fightback against Isis. In the seven dramatic days the team spent in Kobani, they filmed as the Kurdish militia, aided by coalition airstrikes, finally defeated Isis.
Kayak is a Dutch progressive/symphonic rock band that has been around for 42 years. In spite of their progressive sound, Kayak have enjoyed a platinum album in the Netherlands and even a top 50 single in the USA a long, long time ago. "Cleopatra - The Crown of Isis" is the 3rd in a series of ambitious rock operas for the Dutch Proggers, the others being "Merlin - Bard Of The Unseen" and "Nostradamus - The Fate of Man".
In The Rise of ISIS, Martin Smith (Gangs of Iraq; Beyond Baghdad) draws on in-depth interviews with Iraqi politicians, and American policymakers and military leaders to explore and explain how the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) became a major force so quickly. What does it mean for the U.S. to be back in Iraq, fighting a new war on terror, less than three years after American troops pulled out of the country? Smith delivers a revelatory look at how ISIS grew out of the disaffection of Iraqi Sunnis who were sidelined and targeted by Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after the American withdrawal. The film traces how they gained strength in Syria, how they're funded, how they operate, and how, city by city, from Ramadi to Fallujah to Mosul, ISIS swept across Iraq–seizing territory, recording and broadcasting mass executions, and drawing recruits from an estimated 80 countries. With ISIS continuing to take and hold territory in Iraq and Syria despite U.S. and coalition airstrikes, and President Obama's foreign policy legacy hanging in the balance, The Rise of ISIS is the definitive account of how the U.S. has reached this point.