I watched this political movie, Vice (2018), and the narrator said these words:

Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi had taken his fame from Powell's UN speech and turned it into his own new thing. The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant......or ISIS. And because that intelligence somehow found itself on the bottom of a stack of papers...Zarqawi had a whole year to just do whatever the hell he wanted.

What specific document it's referring to?

  • Are you asking what the word means in this context, or what specific document it's referring to?
    – Bobson
    Apr 15, 2019 at 16:35
  • what specific document it's referring to? Apr 15, 2019 at 16:48
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    I think this might be more suited to Movies.SE. I'm not saying it's off-topic here, just that it's a better fit for there.
    – F1Krazy
    Apr 15, 2019 at 18:02

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Based on the transcript here, it looks like it's referring to:

... On another note, I've been handed a credible report of a small terrorist enclave in Northeastern Iraq. If we're going to invade we suggest taking it out before.


That classified document described a terrorist named Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi who had started as a drug dealer and pimp before becoming fully radicalized in a Jordanian prison. Zarqawi went to meet Bin Laden in Afghanistan.

I'm not sure if there's a specific real-world document that's being referred to, or whether it's a stand-in for whatever internal reports were written internally by the CIA and are still classified.

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