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The Syrian Jihad

Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency

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Content from the Brookings Doha Center is now archived.  After 14 years of an impactful partnership, Brookings and the Brookings Doha Center are ending their affiliation as the center launches a separate public policy institution based in Qatar. The center will continue its important work under the name the Middle East Council on Global Affairs by the end of 2021.

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Charles Lister’s new book assesses and explains the emergence of Sunni jihadi organisations in Syria’s fledgling insurgency since 2011, charts their evolution and situates them within the global Islamist project. Unprecedented numbers of foreign fighters have joined such groups, who will almost certainly continue to host them. External factors are scrutinized, including the strategic and tactical lessons learned from other jihadist conflict zones and the complex interplay between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State and how it has influenced the jihadist sphere in Syria. Tensions between and conflict within such groups also feature in this indispensable volume.

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