Book The Syrian jihad : Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the evolution of an insurgency / Charles R. Lister.
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Call Number HV6433.S95 L57 2015
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190462475 0190462477
Extent: xiv, 500 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"The eruption of the anti-Assad revolution in Syria had many unintended consequences, among which is the opportunity it offered Sunni jihadists to establish a foothold in the heart of the Middle East. That Syria's ongoing civil war is so brutal and protracted has only compounded the situation, as have developments in Iraq and Lebanon. Ranging across the battlefields and international borders have been dozens of jihadi Islamist fighting groups, some of which coalesced into significant factions such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State. This book ... assesses and explains the emergence since 2011 of Sunni jihadist organizations in Syria's fledgling insurgency, charts their evolution and situates them within the global Islamist project"--Front book flap.
Part 1. Setting the scene. Breaking down the barriers : protest -- Underlying instability -- Syria's flirtation with jihadism -- Part 2. First on the scene. March-December 2011 : Jabhat al-Nusra forms -- January-August 2012 : Jabhat al-Nusra emerges -- September 2012-March 2013 : Jabhat al-Nusra rises -- Part 3. Making a scene. April-June 2013 : the Islamic State joins the conflict -- July-December 2013 : rising tensions -- January-April 2014 : turning against the Islamic State -- Part 4. Caliphates, emirates and divergence. May-August 2014 : declaring a caliphate -- The Islamic State -- September-December 2014 : strikes and divisions -- January-June 2015 : tipping the scales -- The Syrian jihad.