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IS—doomed to failure

It has provoked everyone—and attracted too many unskilled, disaffected Englishmen and their families

By James Harkin  

Kurdish troops deployed to fight Islamic State ©Times Asi

The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (IS) emerged from the swamp of the Syrian civil war in spring 2013. The clue was always in the name. Al-Qaeda’s aim had been to build a terror organisation powerful enough to take the battle to its Western enemies. IS saw its mission as more religiously purist and constructive—to improve the piety of Sunni Muslims and build a government around them.

Like any primitive state,…

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