Still from video about the origin of the Islamic State, by Bruce Riedel.

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WATCH: Bruce Riedel Tells the Story of the Islamic State’s Origin

November 17, 2014, Fred Dews

Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at Brookings and also a 30-year veteran of the CIA, explains the origins of the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “His ambitions are huge, and his trade craft has so far made him an elusive figure,” Riedel says about Baghdadi. Watch here.

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