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The grim reality of terrorism: Tectonic shift in Middle East that went unnoticed

Nov 23, 2015    

The nuclear deal with Iran in July was a huge tectonic shift. Russian troops moving into Syria was another. It marked the bears return to centre-stage after a quarter-centurys hibernation. The Paris attacks on 13 November made a bigger splash on the global consciousness, but those two earlier events were geopolitical earthquakes of much greater magnitude. The after-shocks continue.The key to making sense of all three events is Islamic State (IS), rather, the fact that chanceries across the globe now see IS as the gravest threat; over the weekend, even China declared war on IS.That is a sea-cha...

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