This book takes the long-view by analysing Islamic State's
beginnings in Iraq to their involvement in the Arab Spring and
through to the present day. The world is watching IS's advance
through the Middle East. The US risks being drawn into another war
in the region despite its experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. IS
are creating catastrophic waves across the region, but it is still
unclear what lies behind its success. Michael Griffin uncovers the
nature of IS through investigating the myriad of regional players
engaged in a seemingly endless power game: Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
Turkey and Iraq, which have all contributed to the success of IS by
supplying arms and funds. He foregrounds the story of the uprising
against President Assad of Syria, the role played by the Free
Syrian Army, Islamist groups, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, the
chemical weapons attacks in 2013 and the House of Commons vote not
to impose a no-fly zone over the country.
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