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By Patrick Cockburn

Though able to staging superb assaults like 9-11, jihadist enterprises weren't an important strength at the floor after they first grew to become infamous within the form of al-Qa‘ida on the flip of century. The West’s preliminary successes within the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their aid nonetheless further.
Today, as popular heart East commentator Patrick Cockburn units out during this explosive new publication, that’s all replaced. Exploiting the missteps of the West’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, in addition to its misjudgments on the subject of Syria and the uprisings of the Arab Spring, jihadist companies, of which ISIS is crucial, are rapidly increasing. They now keep watch over a geographical territory better in dimension than Britain or Michigan, stretching from the Sunni heartlands within the north and west of Iraq via a large swath of north-east Syria. at the again in their trap of Mosul and lots more and plenty of northern Iraq in June 2014, the chief of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared the top of a brand new caliphate that calls for the allegiance of all Muslims.
The secular, democratic politics that have been supposedly on the fore of the Arab Spring were buried through the go back of the jihadis. because the Islamic nation introduced via ISIS confronts its enemies, the West will once more develop into a aim. Cockburn cites an observer in southern Turkey interviewing Syrian jihadi rebels early in 2014 and discovering that “without exception all of them expressed enthusiasm for the 11th of September assaults and was hoping an analogous factor might occur in Europe in addition to the US.”
How may issues have long past so badly unsuitable? Writing in those pages with wide-spread calmness and readability, and drawing on unmatched event as a reporter within the zone, Cockburn analyzes the unfolding of 1 of the West’s maximum overseas coverage debacles and the increase of the hot jihadis.

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Different jihadi groups compete with each other in this region and, since early 2014, have been engaged in internecine combat. In 2012, ISIS founded JAN, sensing an opportunity during the rapidly escalating civil war in Syria and fearing that its own struggle might be marginalized. It sent the new group money, arms, and experienced fighters. A year later, it tried to reassert its authority over the fledgling group, which 34 THE JIHADIS RETURN had become excessively independent in the eyes of ISIS leaders, attempting to fold it into a broader organization covering both Syria and Iraq.

In March, its gunmen paraded through Fallujah’s streets to show off their recent capture of US-made armored Humvees from the Iraqi army. It was a final humiliation for the US that al-Qa‘ida’s black flag should once again fly over a city that had been captured by US Marines in 2004 after a hard-fought victory accompanied by much self-congratulatory rhetoric. ISIS not only holds the city now, but also the nearby Fallujah dam, 32 THE JIHADIS RETURN which allows them to regulate the flow of the Euphrates, either flooding or choking off the river for cities farther south.

Recalling the fate of his predecessors as AQI leader, al-Baghdadi insisted on extreme secrecy, so few people knew where he was. AQI prisoners either say they never met him or, when they did, that he was wearing a mask. Taking advantage of the Syrian civil war, al-Baghdadi sent experienced fighters and funds to Syria to set up Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) as the al-Qa‘ida affiliate in Syria. He split from it in 2013, but remained in control of a great swath of territory in northern Syria and Iraq. Against fragmented and dysfunctional opposition, al-Baghdadi has moved fast towards establishing himself as an effective, albeit 29 PATRICK COCKBURN elusive, leader.

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