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.
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.
The US has killed Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, but the terror group remains strong.
Terrorist organisations are strategically fluid, and deploying lone wolf attacks in the West allows them to extend their reach with limited resources.
The terror group recommended that jihadis use “a pickup truck as a mowing machine” in crowded locations.
Two histories of Isis hope to shed light on the crisis in the Middle East.
Why the Western-backed assault on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is failing.
The West has flirted with the dangerous idea that we should somehow accomodate or rehabilitate Bashar al-Assad. Yet nothing will change while he's in power.
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