Shiraz Maher is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and a senior research fellow at King’s College London’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.
IS tells its members they are divinely obligated to fight for its cause, but that results come from God.
How the writings of an al-Qaeda strategist inspired the spate of small-cell terror attacks in Britain and other Western countries.
From the Manchester bomber to Sharia4Holland – how Western terrorists become radicalised.
As pressure on the terror group that claimed responsiblity for the Manchester attack intensifies, the threat to Britain will only become more acute.
Above all, the Gulf states want stability. Can this beleaguered US president bring order?
Whoever leads the country after this conflict comes to an end will inherit not just the rubble and ruins, but a ravaged people, too.
All politicians bluff and bluster. But the significance of this American attack on Syria is invested in the fact it happened at all.
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons – most likely sarin – against civilians. Again.
After six years of war, Syria’s moderate rebels are broken and marginalised. And now, as Bashar al-Assad has wished for so long, al-Qaeda extremists are leading the insurgency.
The Syrian catastrophe has created the worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War. And the world watches helplessly as Putin and Assad commit war crimes.