The killing of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011 was supposed to be the coup de grace of the United States war against the global threat of Al Qa’ida.

But, as celebrated Middle-East journalist Patrick Cockburn documents in an alarming new book, far from being defeated, jihadist organizations are once again on the ascendancy. Indeed they are today stronger than ever before, now controlling a territory the size of Britain that straddles western Iraq and north eastern Syria.

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