West Asia

Fuelled by chaos

Print edition : March 20, 2015

March 30, 2003: A young Iraqi girl flees Basra in southern Iraq as war rages on. The Gulf War of 2003 is one of the main reasons for the emergence of the Islamic State in the region. Photo: DAN CHUNG/AP

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, one of the key figures in the Tripoli government, addressing a gathering against the ousted Muammar Qaddafi on September 9, 2011. Photo: Francois Mori/AP

The Suleyman Shah mausoleum after it was relocated by Turkish forces in an operation carried out on February 22 in Syria. Photo: Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Yahya al-Houthi,  brother of the leader of the Houthis, Abdel Malik al-Houthi, at a rally in Sana’a on February 7. Photo: Khaled Abdullah/REUTERS

The deadly detritus of the illegal Iraq War can be seen in Libya, Syria and Yemen in the form of the Islamic State. Only an end to war and a regional entente can stop its growth.
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