West Asia

Rise of the jehadis

Print edition : December 12, 2014

Syrians fleeing I.S. militants. Crowding behind the border fence with Turkey near the town of Suruc, on September 18. Photo: Kadir Celkcan/Reuters

Mothers in agony near the border with Turkey, on September 24. Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters

A video grab posted on a website shows the leader of the IS, Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iran. Photo: AP

Patrick Cockburn, in his new book The Jihadis Return, traces the origins of the Islamic State to the U.S.-engineered collapse of the Iraqi state and society in the 1990s and the 2000s.
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