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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.
As Assad sets his sights on Idlib province, the stage is set for one of the fiercest confrontations so far.
IS has lost control of most of the territory it once held. But it is not defeated and is morphing into an international movement, inspiring more attacks.
A United Nations resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire across Syria, agreed on 24 February, has proved meaningless.
Like the plaited, interwoven roots of an ageing tree, the rivalries and intrigues of the Syrian conflict are long and sinewy.
Its message remains as defiant as ever.
This is the new normal.
As many as a hundred women are believed to have left Britain for Isis territory since 2013.
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.