Here come the men in black

Historical mistakes by the western powers in the Middle East has led to the rise of Islamic State, writes Tom McGurk

5th October, 2014
Never has the West's power in the Middle East seemed so inadequate.

Every morning, security computers across the western world exchange overnight Isis information from their latest data trawl.

Across the globe a vast monitoring network is concentrated on what the western world is increasingly coming to regard as the greatest security threat it has ever faced. The men (and, increasingly, the women) under the black flags in the desert present a truly terrifying prospect.

Even more terrifying is the prospect that the significant numbers from all...

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