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Book Review: The Syrian Jihad—Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Evolution of an Insurgency by Charles R Lister

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Lister-frontcover-webIn early 2011, Syrians took to the streets demanding greater political freedoms and civil rights—only to receive in return state-sponsored repression and violence. The population grew angry, then armed and then, in some instances, turned jihadi.

Five years on, the Syrian civil war is a mesh of sectarian divisions and hatreds. Charles Lister, a former fellow at the Brookings Doha Institute, has one goal in mind. He wants to tell the story of the emergence and evolution of the struggle of Sunni jihadists and their…

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