Letter from Beirut

Road to Raqqa

Print edition : February 07, 2014

A convoy of vehicles and fighters from Al Qaeda-linked ISIS in Iraq's Anbar province. This image was posted on a militant website on January 7. Photo: AP

In another image posted on a militant website, a senior member of the ISIS with a burning police vehicle in the background, in Anbar province. Photo: AP

Announcing a protest across Syria on January 10.

The influence of radical Islamists like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has been growing along the desert road that straddles Iraq and Syria.

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