ISIS, with gains in Iraq, closes in on founder Zarqawi’s violent vision

By Joby Warrick, June 14, 2014

On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a 36-year-old Jordanian who called himself “the Stranger” slipped into the suburbs of Baghdad armed with a few weapons, bags of cash and an audacious plan for starting a war he hoped would unite Sunni Muslims across the Middle East.

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