Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How the Islamic State made jihad religious again

Sebastian Gorka, the terror-maestro of the Trump White House, argues that jihadism is a unified front, and that policy should reflect that. He remains wrong. But many of those who disagree with him share the general view that the distinctions between Al Qaida and the Islamic State are, in the main, cosmetic.

I reviewed Ali Soufan's The Anatomy of Terror in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs.