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Islamic State

Islamic State

Rewriting History

by Michael Griffin

A fast-paced, narrative-driven account of the rise of Islamic State, based on thorough research
This book takes the long-view by analysing Islamic State's beginnings in Iraq to their involvement in the Arab Spring and through to the present day.

The world is watching IS's advance through the Middle East. The US risks being drawn into another war in the region despite its experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. IS are creating catastrophic waves across the region, but it is still unclear what lies behind its success.

Michael Griffin uncovers the nature of IS through investigating the myriad of regional players engaged in a seemingly endless power game: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Iraq, which have all contributed to the success of IS by supplying arms and funds.

He foregrounds the story of the uprising against President Assad of Syria, the role played by the Free Syrian Army, Islamist groups, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, the chemical weapons attacks in 2013 and the House of Commons vote not to impose a no-fly zone over the country.

Michael Griffin was a writer, editor, political analyst and specialist on the Taliban and Al Qa'ida. He regularly commented on the war in Afghanistan for BBC, Sky and Al Jazeera. As editor he worked for Transparency International, International Alert, Small Arms Survey and ODI. He is the author of Reaping the Whirlwind and Islamic State.

Praise for previous books:'Filled with the dramatic moments, ironies and political intrigues that colour the Taliban's rise ... Griffin writes engagingly' - The New York Times Book Review 'Michael Griffin has reached a better understanding of the Taliban in his book than I have come across anywhere else' - John Simpson, BBC 'Recommended' - CHOICE 'Engaging and succinct' - Middle East Journal
List of Acronyms/Abbreviations
1. The Great Escape
2. Zarqawi’s War
3. The First Caliph
4. Clear, Hold and Build
5. The Successions
6. Springtime for Qatar
7. The Road to Damascus
8. Prince Bandar’s Last Adventure
9. Knights of the Silencers
10. Treasure of Babisqa
11. Chain of Custody
12. Game of Thrones
13. Paradise Square
14. Birth of a Nation
15. Twitter Caliphate
16. Call of Duty
17. Inside the Whale
18. Euphrates Volcano
Postscript: Saddam’s Ghost
Published by Pluto Press in Oct 2015
Paperback ISBN: 9780745336510
eBook ISBN: 9781783717125

200 pages

129mm x 198mm