By Patrick Cockburn
From the award-winning writer of The upward thrust of Islamic State, the basic tale of the center East’s disintegration
The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s center East and the devastating function the West has performed within the zone from 2001 to the current. starting with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the enormous geopolitical fight that's the Sunni–Shia clash, a conflict that shapes the battle on terror, western army interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the autumn of nearby dictators, and the increase of Islamic State.
As Cockburn indicates in arresting aspect, Islamic kingdom didn't explode into life in Syria within the wake of the Arab Spring, as traditional knowledge may have it. The association gestated over a number of years in occupied Iraq, prior to becoming to the purpose the place it will probably threaten the steadiness of the entire area. Cockburn was once the 1st Western journalist to warn of the hazards posed via Islamic nation. His originality and breadth of imaginative and prescient make The Age of Jihad the main in-depth research of the local drawback within the center East to date.
“Patrick Cockburn noticed the emergence of ISIS a lot just before anyone else and wrote approximately it with a intensity of knowing that was once simply in a league of its personal. not anyone else was once writing that stuff at the moment, and the judges puzzled no matter if the govt may still ponder pensioning off the complete of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn as a substitute. The breadth of his wisdom and his skill make connections is phenomenal.”
—Judges of the overseas Affairs Journalist of the 12 months Award 2014
“Quite easily, the simplest Western journalist at paintings within the center East today.”
—Seymour M. Hersh
“One of the simplest educated on-the-ground newshounds. He was once normally right on Iraq.”
—Sidney Blumenthal, in an electronic mail to Hillary Clinton
“A compelling sequence of dispatches from a journalist who has discovered the difficult golden rule in Iraq: ‘to forecast the worst attainable outcome.’”
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In central Afghanistan are the Hazara, a fifth of the country’s population, distinguished physically from other Afghans by their Mongolian appearance. They are Shia Muslims, which has prompted savage persecution by the fanatically Sunni Muslim Taliban, who regarded the Hazara as heretics. It is difficult to see how the Taliban can survive the cumulative military pressures on them. They no longer have the support of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which was so critical to their rise. Their many enemies at home scent blood.
That same year I was in Iran until I was ordered out of the country. Yemen has been teetering on the edge of war ever since I first went there in 1978, but it was only in 2014–15 that it finally collapsed into all-out armed conflict. I have deliberately left out my writings on Egypt because the country is not at war, though there is brutal state repression and growing guerrilla violence. At the height of the demonstrations in Cairo in 2011 the Egyptian protests were a bright and encouraging example to the rest of the Arab world.
Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East by Patrick Cockburn