Young Muslim men leaving Trinidad to fight for the Islamic State (ISIS) will be featured in a National Geographic documentary.
According to an online report on dispatch.com the eight-part documentary series “Chain of Command,” offers an unprecedented look at the war against violent extremism and the men and women devoting their lives to it.
The report stated that to shoot the documentary, film crews were embedded during the 18 months of production with military forces in some of the most “dangerous spots on the planet”
The series, it stated, narrated by Chris Evans (“Captain America”), will premiere Monday night with a look at the battle for Mosul, Iraq — where U.S. Army Capt. Quincy Bahler of the 101st Airborne Division monitors ISIS fighters via drone feeds alongside Iraqi generals, debating when it is safe to strike in an effort to liberate the city.
“The debut episode will be followed by another episode, in which, after the American and Iraqi coalition gains control of eastern Mosul, the fight shifts to the city's west side. Meanwhile, on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, the Muslim community struggles to deal with the alarming reality of their young people leaving the country to fight for ISIS,” stated the report.
Executive producer Scott Boggins was quoted as saying “It's been an amazing experience to be able to meet and then tell the stories of these heroes,”.
“They're inspiring individuals from the highest levels of the U.S. military to the boots on the ground. We were always with groups of men and women who showed incredible commitment, and we were there with them to tell their stories during this time where extremism affects everyone.” he added.
The report stated that the series records the fight against radical threats in every corner of the world as it unfolds over a year. This includes following Marine Gen. Joe Dunford and the Joint Chiefs of Staff creating policy and strategy that are then executed on the battlefield, revealing firsthand how the decisions made at the Pentagon directly affect our service members on the front lines.
It noted that even with access, the story was a challenge to report because the teams are in remote parts of the world.
The key, Boggins said, was learning to adapt and follow the lead of the military — to ensure that the series was immersive.
“It's the proverbial fly on the wall, so to speak, and we really are that,” Boggins said. “We get to know the people in such an intimate way, and then we get to tell what they do, the mission that they're on, and then we tackle the larger questions.”
Jeff Hasler, head of development and production at National Geographic Studios, said the cuts and editing of the footage were made by the film crew.
“For us, we have a 188-year tradition at National Geographic of journalist integrity (and) accuracy — and everyone who works at National Geographic carries that like a banner,” Hasler said.
The report stated that “Chain of Command” will air in 171 countries and 43 languages.