‘American Empire is an online documentary news channel focusing on the policies and culture of the United States domestically and internationally. Hosted by filmmaker Avi Oren, AE topics include: politics, religion, foreign policy and social issues spanning from the American mainland to the farthest corners of the world’. And here is an 18-minute documentary entitled The Rise of ISIS / ISIL In Iraq [SPECIAL REPORT], posted by AE on 21 June 2014.
As I wrote last month on RT’s Op-Edge: the “recent advance made by ISIS/ISIL has turned this predominantly Shi’ite country into the second battleground of a kind of Islamic Cold War. I already wrote that in tandem with a resurgent New Cold War between the West and Russia-and-China the Islamic world is now being tested by an increasingly more and more overt conflict between the Sunni faction and the Shi’ite minority. Syria’s not-so civil war, which started as an armed attempt to oust the Assad regime from Damascus has become a battle between Sunni extremist groups and the Alawite regime, closely allied to Iran, and representing the Shiite faction. At first, the extremist group Jabhat Al Nusra seemed predominant, but then it was superseded by ISIS/ISIL entering the fray from Iraq where this organization had previously been known as Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (killed by the Americans in 2006). The rebranding indicates the scope of its ambitions, and it should hence not come as a surprise that ISIS, currently led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has now returned to its original home-base. Originally, Zarqawi’s goal had been to establish a “Caliphate” in Iraq, and in its new guise, his successor Baghdadi employs his armed groups to establish an “Islamic state” (which on a semantic level is basically synonymous with the term caliphate) in the lands of Mesopotamia and the Levant”.
 C. Erimtan, “Intra-Islamic Cold War and the disintegration of Iraq” Op-Edge (19 June 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/167036-intra-islamic-cold-war/.