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By Patrick Cockburn

ISBN-10: 1784784494

ISBN-13: 9781784784492

From the award-winning writer of The upward push of Islamic State, the basic tale of the center East’s disintegration

The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s heart 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 significant 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 neighborhood dictators, and the increase of Islamic State.

As Cockburn indicates in arresting aspect, Islamic nation didn't explode into lifestyles in Syria within the wake of the Arab Spring, as traditional knowledge could have it. The association gestated over numerous years in occupied Iraq, prior to starting to be to the purpose the place it could threaten the soundness of the complete area. Cockburn used to be the 1st Western journalist to warn of the risks posed by means of Islamic kingdom. His originality and breadth of imaginative and prescient make The Age of Jihad the main in-depth research of the local concern within the heart East to date.

“Patrick Cockburn noticed the emergence of ISIS a lot just before anyone else and wrote approximately it with a intensity of figuring out that used to be simply in a league of its personal. no one else was once writing that stuff at the moment, and the judges puzzled even if the govt. should still reflect on pensioning off the full of MI6 and hiring Patrick Cockburn in its place. The breadth of his wisdom and his skill make connections is phenomenal.”
—Judges of the international Affairs Journalist of the yr Award 2014

“Quite easily, the easiest Western journalist at paintings within the heart East today.”
—Seymour M. Hersh

“One of the simplest proficient on-the-ground newshounds. He used to be mainly right on Iraq.”
—Sidney Blumenthal, in an e-mail to Hillary Clinton

“A compelling sequence of dispatches from a journalist who has realized the demanding golden rule in Iraq: ‘to forecast the worst attainable outcome.’”

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In addition to covering these full-scale wars, I was visiting Bahrain, where protests were savagely repressed in 2011. 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.

Its leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud, had been assassinated two days before 9/11 by two al-Qa’ida operatives who pretended to be journalists wanting to interview him, and who had then blown themselves up. Once in Dushanbe I discovered that it was going to be less easy than I had hoped to get to Northern Alliance territory because there was a Russian military detachment at the main crossing point over the Amur Darya who would not allow foreign journalists to cross. I began to make elaborate plans to travel up the Amur Darya and then to cross the river aided by smugglers after which I would travel through the Hindu Kush Mountains in order to reach the Panjshir valley north of Kabul.

I used to wonder if the Iraqis I spoke to said the same things to me as to foreign leaders, who were endlessly visiting Baghdad after 2003 but seemed to go away as ill-informed as when they arrived. I decided eventually that many of these visitors must have privately guessed how bad things were. Why else were they flying by helicopter the short distance from Baghdad airport to the Green Zone wearing a helmet and a flak jacket, and not travelling by road? In Afghanistan, diplomats from Kabul would visit Afghan Army positions and listen to accounts of its latest triumphs while averting their eyes from the black Taliban flag flying from a high point in a village a few hundred yards down the road.

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