Matthew Green

Facing Terror

Hunting Season: The Execution of James Foley, Islamic State, and the Real Story of the Kidnapping Campaign that Started a War

By James Harkin

Little, Brown 246pp £13.99 order from our bookshop

The New Threat from Islamic Militancy

By Jason Burke

The Bodley Head 290pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

In August 2014, a video appeared on YouTube showing a shaven-headed forty-year-old man kneeling in the sand, his orange jumpsuit flapping in the breeze. To his left, a black-clad figure in a mask jabs at the camera with a knife. Speaking in a London accent, the masked man – immediately dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ by the British media – harangues his audience with a speech boasting about the rise of Islamic State. The camera fades to black and the next sequence shows the man’s bloodied head placed neatly on his back.

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