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Published: 01 February 2016

540 Pages

5.4x8.4 inches

ISBN: 9780190462475

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The Syrian Jihad

Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency

Charles R. Lister

  • The Syrian Civil War in all its ghastly twists and turns, from initial optimism to barrel-bombing and the rise of Islamic State, are among the subjects covered in Lister's definitive account
  • Highlights how the war in Syria has offered an opportunity for Sunni jihadists to establish a foothold in the heart of the Middle East
  • Considers the factors that gave rise to groups such as ISIS and places them in their global context
  • Analyzes the tensions within Islamic State and scrutinizes the external forces involved in their development, including the unprecedented numbers of foreign fighters seeking to join the jihadist project.
  • No other existing book has sought to chart the emergence and evolution of the entire jihadist insurgency in Syria. This will be the first.
  • The book contains a great deal of primary source material gleaned from three years of engagement and contacts within the Islamist and jihadist communities active in Syria. This includes much information never before made public by any source.

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