Isis: Inside the Army of Terror; The Rise of Islamic State – review
Guardian (UK) - almost 3 years
Two accounts – from Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, and from Patrick Cockburn – offer contrasting perspectives on the rise of jihadism in the Middle East Isis feeds first on state dysfunction, second on Sunni outrage. In Iraq, Sunni Arabs are a minority displaced from their privileged position by America’s invasion. Their revanchism is exacerbated by the sectarian oppression practised by the elected but Iranian-backed government. In Syria, Sunnis are an oppressed majority, the prime targets of a counter-revolutionary tyranny headed by mafias but claiming and exploiting Alawi sectarian identity. Under other names, Isis first grew in Iraq, as it would later in Syria, by exploiting resistance to occupation, American in the first case, that of a delegitimised regime in the other. Drawing on research by the Guardian’s Martin Chulov, Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan show how Syria’s regime once collaborated with Iraqi Baathists and Salafist extremists, helping terrorists move to American-...
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