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Zarqa, the second largest city in Jordan, is home to nearly 1,000,000 people. Political Islamics are a powerful force in the city's industrial center. Zarqa was the birthplace of Abu Musa al Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who was killed by American forces in 2005. Many in town knew al Zarqawi and Zarqa continues to be a source of new recruits to the jihadist cause. “RECYCLE reveals the distinct yet intertwined stories of three native sons of Zarqa: al-Zarqawi the dead terrorist leader; Abu Ammar, an ex-mujahadi fighter who now supports his family of 11 by collecting cardboard; and filmmaker Mahmoud al Massad, who, from behind the camera’s lens, coolly unravels the knotted threads of poverty, humiliation and strict religious doctrine that have made the city a continuing source for jihadist recruits.” (PBS)