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 is a writer, editor, political analyst and specialist on the Taliban and Al Qa'ida. He regularly comments on the war in Afghanistan for BBC World, Sky and Al Jazeera. As editor he has worked for Transparency International, International Alert, Small Arms Survey and ODI. His previous books include Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement (Pluto, 2001).
List of Acronyms/Abbreviations Timeline Preface 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 Notes Index