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The roots of Islamic State

Born in the Iraq insurgency, Islamic State has morphed into an extremist cult.

By Shashank Joshi   May 2015

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, leader of IS. © Balkis Press/ABACA/Press Association Images

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan (Simon & Schuster, £7.99)

ISIS: the State of Terror  by Jessica Stern and JM Berger (William Collins, £14.99)

There is a pronounced pessimism in our thinking about international politics. We are told the world is getting more dangerous. That the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation was a…

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