The caliphate strikes back

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra shows that the jihadists are still in business May 23rd 2015  FOR months Iraqis were told that Islamic State (IS) was on the way out. In April Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister, declared he had won the “psychological battle” after chasing the jihadists from Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s old hometown. …

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The Middle Eastern mesh

Apr 3rd 2015,  http://infographics.economist.com/2015/MidEastMess/embed.html ON APRIL 2nd, Iran and six world powers (America, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) agreed the outline of a deal to restrict Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear bomb for a decade, in return for a gradual easing of sanctions. If implemented, said President Barack Obama, it would resolve by …