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The Western world may no longer underestimate Isis, but we’ve failed to learn the most important lessons from its rise and fall

08 Feb

It is always pleasing for authors to find out that they have readers in far flung places. It was therefore surprising but gratifying to see a picture of a battered copy of a French translation of a book I wrote calledThe Jihadis Return abandoned by Isis fighters, along with suicide vests and homemade explosive devices, as they retreat from their last enclaves in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria.

The book was written in 2014 when Isis was at the height of its success after capturing Mosul, and was sweeping through western Iraq and eastern Syria. I described the Isis victories and tried to explain how the movement had apparently emerged from nowhere to shock the world by establishing the Islamic State, an entity which at its height ruled 8 million people and stretched from the the outskirts of Baghdad to the Mediterranean.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/isis-syria-al-qaeda-middle-east-saddam-hussein-uk-us-iraq-venezuela-a8747091.html

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Posted by on February 8, 2019 in Middle East

 

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