In the rise of islamic state patrick cockburn describes the conflicts behind a dramatic unraveling of us foreign policy he shows how the west created the conditions for isiss explosive success by stoking the war in syria the west the us and nato in particular underestimated the militants potential until it was too late and failed . Patrick cockburns intelligent account of the rise of isis and the uselessness of the west makes depressing reading jason burke mon 9 feb 2015 0600 est last modified on sat 14 apr 2018 . Cockburns book achieves what it sets out to do in charting the origins and rise of islamic state to an extent what it does not capture is the spread of the movement beyond the confines of iraq and syria filling the power vacuum along africas northern coast reaching down into the sahel
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