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The Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East
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From the award-winning author of The Rise of Islamic State, the essential story of the Middle East's disintegrationThe Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today's Middle East and the devastating role the West has played in the region from 2001 to the present. Beginning with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the vast geopolitical struggle that is the Sunni–Shia conflict, a clash that shapes the war on terror, western military interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the fall of regional dictators, and the rise of Islamic State. As Cockburn shows in arresting detail, Islamic State did not explode into existence in Syria in the wake of the Arab Spring, as conventional wisdom would have it. The organization gestated over several years in occupied Iraq, before growing to the point where it can threaten the stability of the whole region. Cockburn was the first Western journalist to warn of the dangers posed by Islamic State. His originality and breadth of vision make The Age of Jihad the most in-depth analysis of the regional crisis in the Middle East to date.From the Hardcover edition.
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The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today's Middle East and the devastating role the West has played in the region from 2001 to the present. Beginning with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, Cockburn explores the vast geopolitical struggle that is the Sunni–Shia conflict, a clash that shapes the war on terror, western military interventions, the evolution of the insurgency, the civil wars in Yemen, Libya and Syria, the Arab Spring, the fall of regional dictators, and the rise of Islamic State.
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From the Hardcover edition.
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        Starred review from October 3, 2016
        In this sweeping portrait, renowned journalist Cockburn (The Rise of Islamic State) synthesizes the maelstrom of conflicts that have enveloped the Middle East and North Africa since September 11, 2001. The book combines contemporary, on-the-ground dispatches and diaries with incisive retrospective analyses to cover the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war, the Taliban’s resurgence, the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, and the rise of Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh)
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        Cockburn possesses authoritative knowledge of the region’s culture, politics, and history, and his perceptive, pessimistic forecasts have regularly been proven correct
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        His sober, informed, and insightful analyses are unique and invaluable for navigating the complexity of the region in its “age of chaos and war.” Cockburn attributes much of the region’s turmoil to the U.S.-led
        invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003
        —“the earthquake whose aftershocks we still feel”—which forms the book’s core. He reveals glaring gaps between Western government and media discourse and the reality on the ground; the ignorance, arrogance, and ineptitude of Western powers are common themes. Cockburn’s account of the Arab Spring is limited, but he offers a wealth of insight on the rise of Islamic State as well as fascinating tidbits on journalistic practice and risk assessment in conflict zones. This work is likely to be a reference for future scholars.
        Cockburn’s dispatches make for a somber, vivid, and gripping work of eyewitness history.

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        A veteran British war journalist offers a diary of events on the ground from the overthrow of the Taliban to the rise of the Islamic State group.In these edited journalistic briefs from the front line during four wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Libya), Independent Middle East correspondent Cockburn (The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, 2014, etc.) demonstrates how the West persistently believed what it wanted to hear rather than the facts on the ground. Romanticizing the role of the rebels, "who may be heroic defenders of their own communities but are quick to loot and kill when they advance beyond their home ground"; convincing the public, despite the evidence, that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was sure to fall in the wake of the Arab Spring and ignoring the signs Iraq would again descend into a sectarian nightmare; and being surprised by the disintegration of the Iraqi army in 2014--these are some of the I-told-you-so moments that the forward-seeing journalist mentions without gloating. His dated dispatches are full of personal dealings with the war-torn participants, agents of violence as well as victimized civilians, and informed data and history. In one mystified entry from November 2006, in which the author was reporting on the growing Iraqi hostility to the U.S.-British military meddling, he quotes the German Chancellor in World War I: "When does the incompetence end and the crime begin?" The author illustrates how the gross "miscalculation" in Afghanistan by U.S.-British forces provoked the "insurrection that they were supposedly trying to suppress," leading to thousands of dead and the ultimate return of the Taliban. Most moving are Cockburn's more recent chronicles from Syria during the violent encroachments of the jihadis into civilian cities and the terrifying rule of the Islamic State group in Iraq ("Life in the Caliphate"). A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: "to forecast the worst possible outcome." COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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This is essential reading for anyone interested in the collapse of the Middle East, and the devastating role of the West in the creation of this hellish crucible. In The Age of Jihad Patrick Cockburn, the author of the best-selling The Rise of Islamic State, exposes the dominant conflict of our time—the Sunni–Shia war, and the subsequent origins of ISIS. As he shows this did not explode suddenly in Syria after the Arab Spring as the conventional view holds, but over several years in occupied Iraq. It is in the sectarian conflict that engulfed Iraq following the war of 2003 that patterns were established that would later spill over into Syria with such devastating results. Since July 2014, the dominance of ISIS has threatened the stability of the whole region. Cockburn was the first Western commentator to warn of ISIS, so far ahead of everyone else that last year the judges of...
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