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IS in Syria: my enemy’s enemy

Nothing excuses the actions of IS, but several things explain them

By AC Grayling   August 2015

An F/A-18 Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as part of US operations in Iraq and Syria. © United States Navy

From the point of view of most inhabitants of western countries, the activities of Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and its franchises (self-appointed or otherwise) in other countries, are…

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