Summary of The Man Who Could Have Stopped the Islamic State

Looking for the article?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 5 minutes.

The Man Who Could Have Stopped the Islamic State summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans


8 Overall

7 Importance

8 Innovation

9 Style


How did the arrest of al-Qaeda operative Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi in 2006 help the spread of Islamic State’s brand of jihad? In this compelling article, Facebook counterterrorism policy manager Brian Fishman charts Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi’s history with ISIS founder Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, explains how the split between al-Qaeda and its former ally developed, and explores the question of how Abd al-Hadi’s arrest may have helped to enable ISIS’s proliferation. getAbstract recommends this article to those with an interest in the roots of contemporary Middle Eastern politics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the connection between al-Qaeda and ISIS is – or was,
  • How the split between al-Qaeda and ISIS opened up and
  • How al-Qaeda operative Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi’s arrest contributed to al-Qaeda’s failure to “rein in” ISIS.

About the Author

Brian Fishman is lead policy manager of counterterrorism at Facebook and the author of The Master Plan: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory.



Acting on an anonymous tip, Turkish police arrested a man calling himself Muhammet Reza Reanjbar Rezaei on October 16, 2006. The man, whom the CIA knew as Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, was a former Iraqi soldier who helped shape Al-Qaeda’s military strategy in Iraq during the 1990s and served as “al-Qaeda’s...

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

Chasing ISIS
After the Islamic State
Stan McChrystal Takes Network War To The Corporate Sector
The Perils of Being Your Own Doctor
Iran’s Real Enemy in Syria
Fractured Lands

Related Channels

Comment on this summary