Learn about the differences between the missions and tactics of Al Qaeda and ISIS in this video excerpted from FRONTLINE: The Rise of Isis. Al Qaeda and ISIS are both foreign terrorist groups that proclaim to lead the Muslim world’s jihad. Al Qaeda is known for its quick, large, dramatic strikes, such as the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. ISIS is known for its slow territorial conquests, such as the ongoing conflict in Syria, as part of its efforts to create a “caliphate” or Islamic State. ISIS also is known for its influence on or direct support of attacks in foreign countries. Although many depict ISIS as a successor to Al Qaeda, ISIS is creating a markedly different organization. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE Collection.
Mature Content Advisory Note: The video contains footage of rebel groups holding guns (no target shown). Given the topic of the video, the images allow students to have a more accurate portrait of what is considered “normal” in a war zone.
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