Understanding the nature of the Islamic State

Over the past four evenings, I’ve watched recordings of the four-part television series on Channel Four called simply “The State”.

Written and directed by the acclaimed Peter Kosminsky, this tells the fictional account of recruits to ISIS – one from Wembley next door to where I live – and how they are increasingly disillusioned by what they find.

“The State” is an impressive piece of work, clearly well-researched in terms of the language, motivations and actions of the jihadists, with some harrowing scenes of violence and cruelty. It was shot largely in Spain with some fine new actors.

You can access the four programmes here.


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