Islamic State: Rewriting History

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The world is watching Islamic State’s lightning advance through Syria to the gates of Baghdad. For the third time in fifteen years, the US risks being drawn into another war in the Middle East despite its experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. IS are creating catastrophic waves across the region, but it is still unclear what lies behind its success. Islamic State: Rewriting History takes the long-view by analysing IS’s beginnings in Iraq to their involvement in the Arab Spring and through to the present day. It discusses the myriad of regional players engaged in a seemingly endless power game: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Iraq have all contributed to the success of IS by supplying arms and funds. Using a fast-paced, narrative-driven style, Michael Griffin foregrounds the story of the uprising against President Assad of Syria and describes his regime’s varied responses; the human cost; the role played by the Free Syrian Army, Islamist groups, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia; the chemical weapons attacks in 2013; and the House of Commons vote not to impose a no-fly zone over the country.

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Michael Griffin is a writer, editor, political analyst and specialist on the Taliban and Al Qa’ida. He regularly comments on the war in Afghanistan for BBC World, Sky and Al Jazeera. As editor he has worked for Transparency International, International Alert, Small Arms Survey and ODI. His previous books include Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement (Pluto, 2001). He lives in Leipzig.

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Praise for previous work: “Filled with the dramatic moments, ironies, and political intrigues that color the Taliban's rise. . . . Griffin writes engagingly.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Griffin has reached a better understanding of the Taliban in his book than I have come across anywhere else.” (John Simpson, BBC)

“Griffin’s book actually tells in detail the story of where ISIS came from and how it transformed over time....Griffin integrates his sources to good effect. He traces the growth of ISIS out of what had been Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s organization Al Qaeda in Iraq—a group that had managed to alienate both Osama bin Laden and Iraqi insurgents fighting the U.S. occupation.”
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"The rise of ISIS is one of the most puzzling and stunning developments in world politics.  For readers trying to understand it, this book is a fine place to start.  It is a concise but surprisingly detailed history.  Beginning around 2004, with the Jordanian founder of al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Griffin traces the history in chronological order through 18 short, albeit busy, chapters and a postscript.  The book is primarily devoted to tracing the battles ISIS leaders have fought, but a chapter titled 'Twitter Caliphate' delves into the novel social media strategies that aid ISIS in broadcasting its message and recruiting followers.  Griffin nowhere tries to speculate or create new typologies.  He simply aims at describing the details along the way. Recommended." (Choice)

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