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Shiraz Maher is a New Statesman contributing writer and the director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London.
During the last decade, Western militaries shifted towards mechanised warfare to fight enemies such as Isis.
Even al-Qaeda and leading jihadi theorists were compelled to condemn some of Baghdadi’s most extreme acts.
What the Isis head's “caliphate” achieved was as remarkable as it was horrifying.
Donald Trump’s ignorance and Turkey’s onslaught against the Kurds have emboldened Islamic State and the murderous Assad regime – and strengthened Russia’s control over the blighted country.
Language, poetry and syntax are inextricably intertwined with Arabian history – modern Arab leaders have tried to master its linguistic forms precisely because they matter so much.
Sarout became emblematic of the early optimism for change as protests swept the country.
The caliphate is collapsing, but the Sri Lanka attacks showed that IS’s tactics remain deadly.
Begum is just one of hundreds of foreigners from 40 different countries being detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces. No one is rushing to bring their citizens home.
There is a moral case for repatriating minors taken to Syria by their parents or born there to British migrants.