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How U.S. Prisons in Iraq Became “Jihadi Universities” | The Secret History of ISIS | FRONTLINE

ISIS’s current leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, made the transition from religious scholar and soccer player to terrorist leader inside a U.S. prison in Iraq, as this excerpt from FRONTLINE’s May 17 documentary “The Secret History of ISIS” explores.

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