Turkey has joined the war against the Islamic State. Following a brazen and bloody suicide attack against local activists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to respond decisively and with military force.
The targeting and killing of young Turkish activists in the town of Suruç by ISIS extremists has provoked outrage and much soul searching in Turkey.
The Islamic State has claimed that it orchestrated and executed last week’s terror attack on a Shiite mosque in the city of Qatif, Saudi Arabia. The attack was swiftly condemned by the Saudi monarch, all segments of Saudi society and a host of regional observers.
Fifty years ago, the eminent British journalist and author Patrick Seale published a landmark book, The Struggle for Syria, in which he examines the tumultuous post-independence period (after 1946).