Who are they? Where do they come from and what is the reality of their threat in Iraq and beyond the country’s borders? Those are among the questions posed by several of Europe’s television channels reporting on the actions of Islamic State in Iraq.
Italy’s RAI 3 analysed the power of the terrorist group starting its report with the execution of James Foley and tracing the rise of the group and its media campaign to target potential recruits in Europe and beyond.
A television crew managed to live close to members of Islamic State for several weeks travelling with some of their press team. France 2’s report included a visit to the city of Rakka and an Islamic prison.
The biggest weakness of all those who oppose the Islamists is their conflicting interests. That was a conclusion in an analysis by Swiss channel RTS. One expert told the channel because of that a common front against the terrorist is not a solid one.
Watch all that in our Perspectives report.