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Mark Birbeck
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Is the biggest problem 'fear itself'?

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Patrick Cockburn has an article in the London Review of Books asking whether ISIS is in its final days.

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Tara has also recommended Inside Isis Inc: The journey of a barrel of oil.

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Tara recommends Al Qaeda Makes a Comeback from the NBC News site.

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Before we get too carried away with the horror of ISIS and its 'successes', Olivier Roy points out their weaknesses.

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This is another useful read from Kenan Malik, about how Jihadists' estrangement draws them towards ISIS.

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Kenan Malik has written some interesting pieces on the identity aspects of ISIS, particularly after the recent Paris attacks. Here's one.

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This is a review of Cockburn's book on Spiked Online.

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If you haven't time to read Cockburn's book then maybe try a podcast. This one is from Newshour Extra on the World Service, and is 55 minutes.

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This is the main thing to read if you have time between now and the discussion. Raises many interesting points about the origins of IS. There are also some podcasts, articles, and book reviews below.
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