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Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017)

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A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.


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Credited cast:
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad Ghaith Abdul-Ahad ... Himself - Journalist
Amr Al-Azm Amr Al-Azm ... Himself - Middle East Institute (as Dr. Amr Al-Azm)
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi ... Himself - Leader, ISIS
Tareq Al-Hashemi Tareq Al-Hashemi ... Himself - Former Iraqi Vice President
Abdul Jabbar Al-Oqaidi Abdul Jabbar Al-Oqaidi ... Himself - Colonel, Free Syria Army (as Col. Abdul Jabbar Al-Oqaidi)
Zaidoun Al-Zoabi Zaidoun Al-Zoabi ... Himself
Mahmoud Al Basha Mahmoud Al Basha ... Himself (as Mahmoud Al-Basha)
Peter Bergen Peter Bergen ... Himself - National Security Analyst, CNN
Matthew Bogdanos Matthew Bogdanos ... Himself - District Attorney, Manhattan, NY (as Col. Matthew Bogdanos)
Peter Bouckaert Peter Bouckaert ... Himself - Emergencies Director, Human Rights Watch
Paul Bremer Paul Bremer ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
David Cameron David Cameron ... Himself - British Prime Minister (archive footage)
Sarah Chayes Sarah Chayes ... Herself
Alain Chouet Alain Chouet ... Himself - Director, French Security Intelligence Service


A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.

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Rated R for some disturbing violent images | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

11 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Krieg und Terror - In der Hölle Syriens See more »

Filming Locations:

Qayara, Iraq See more »

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While Nick Quested served as the point person in the field and filmed most of the interviews himself, Sebastian Junger mostly stayed stateside and provided logistical and creative input. See more »


Robin Yassin Kassab: There are 12 million homeless Syrians now, five million of them are outside the country and an increasing number are making the desperate journey across the sea.
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Total Jihadist Propaganda, Weak Documentary(!)
2 September 2018 | by berkandegismezSee all my reviews

While waiting for a documentary describing ISIS and its origin around Syrian Civil War, actually it focuses origin of evil(!) Assad regime and their peacefull(!) opponent Syrian jihadists. Haven't we seen enough of this Western propaganda about so called evil regime and its obligatory formed free(!) syrian army.

This documentary actually confess armed militia, jihadists and other factions, all funded and armed from abroad. Mostly gulf countries. Of course they don't want to say actual countries whom responsible about foreign funds and weapons sent to Syria. So you can guess who are the real responsibles of war on major Syrian cities and their destruction. But our NG documentary does not wanna say that. Western brothership right?!

You can hear Syrian goverment's killings or torture in this documentary, and its true, no question. But you can't hear regime's opponents war crimes, tortures, rapes, kidnapping, beheadings... For this documentary, they are just trying to survive from this regime. And ISIS is the answer and also the result of this survival(!) movement. Documentary also says Syrian regime released many jihadists, which is true. But they don't blame them or their sponsors for the war. Always Syrian regime responsible of everything.

Well guess what, the regime win the war and regain most of the territory. It seems, despite everything, Syrian people did not choose foreign funded armed jihadists over the evil(!) regime.

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