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By Patrick Cockburn

From the award-winning writer of The upward push of Islamic State, the basic tale of the center East’s disintegration

The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s heart East and the devastating function the West has performed within the quarter from 2001 to the current. starting with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the monstrous geopolitical fight that's the Sunni–Shia clash, a conflict that shapes the struggle on terror, western army interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the autumn of neighborhood dictators, and the increase of Islamic State.

As Cockburn indicates in arresting element, Islamic kingdom didn't explode into life in Syria within the wake of the Arab Spring, as traditional knowledge could have it. The association gestated over numerous years in occupied Iraq, earlier than growing to be to the purpose the place it will possibly threaten the soundness of the entire zone. Cockburn was once the 1st Western journalist to warn of the hazards posed via Islamic nation. His originality and breadth of imaginative and prescient make The Age of Jihad the main in-depth research of the local hindrance within the heart East to date.

“Patrick Cockburn noticed the emergence of ISIS a lot prior to anyone else and wrote approximately it with a intensity of figuring out that was once simply in a league of its personal. no one else used to be writing that stuff at the moment, and the judges questioned no matter if the govt. may still examine pensioning off the full of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn as a substitute. The breadth of his wisdom and his skill make connections is phenomenal.”
—Judges of the international Affairs Journalist of the 12 months Award 2014

“Quite easily, the simplest Western journalist at paintings within the heart East today.”
—Seymour M. Hersh

“One of the easiest trained on-the-ground newshounds. He used to be mainly right on Iraq.”
—Sidney Blumenthal, in an electronic mail to Hillary Clinton

“A compelling sequence of dispatches from a journalist who has discovered the not easy golden rule in Iraq: ‘to forecast the worst attainable outcome.’”
—Kirkus

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General Dostum’s friends and enemies have tended to switch places with bewildering rapidity, even by Afghan standards. Once the commander of a Communist armoured corps in northern Afghanistan he has, at one time or another, been allied to, and has betrayed, every other Afghan leader and political movement including the Taliban. In his defence it could be said that he generally only betrayed his friends before they betrayed him, and sometimes they were quicker than he was. Twice he was forced to flee Mazar-i-Sharif, his capital, which he has now recaptured.

His left hand is wrapped in a sodden brown bandage, but whatever it covers looks too small to be a fist. The boys are so drenched in blood that I cannot see how badly they are wounded. One of them is half sitting up, clutching his stomach. None of the men, some armed with submachine guns, seem to know what to do. Through our driver, Daoud, whose knowledge of English is limited to about 20 words, we ask where is the nearest hospital. They reply that it is in Baharak, a market town about an hour’s drive away, but they have no car or truck.

The ‘Somalianisation’ of Libya Libya, 2012–14 11. Yemen in the Crossfire Yemen, 2009–15 12. Sectarian Venom Bahrain, 2011 PART V: SYRIA: REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION 13. From Revolution to Sectarian War Syria, 2011–13 14. Syrian Catastrophe Syria, 2013–14 PART VI: BIRTH OF A CALIPHATE 15. Ten Years On Iraq, 2013 16. Iraq on the Brink Iraq, 2013–14 17. The Islamic State Expands The Caliphate, 2014 18. The Islamic State Remains The Caliphate, 2014–15 19. Life in the Caliphate The Caliphate, 2015 20.

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