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Link – ‘Present at the Creation’ via Foreign Policy

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Since its creation we have learned about the Islamic State from its enemies. This series of three articles published by Foreign Policy  tell the story of Abu Ahmad, ‘a Syrian operative for the Islamic State who witnessed the group’s lightning expansion firsthand and spent months among its most notorious foreign fighters’.

Ahmad provides ‘unique insight into how Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi’s political scheming paved the way for its expansion into Syria, al Qaeda’s efforts to stem the group’s rise, and the terrifying weapons in the arsenal of the self-proclaimed “caliphate”.’

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