Under the Black Flag: At the Frontier of the New Jihad

Under the Black FlagWe are just past the days when newspapers were covered with images of beheaded corpses, orange-clad men with knives sawing at their throats, and streams of pick-up trucks, festooned with black banners and balaclava-clad fighters, heading into dusty towns and cities. It isn’t that such violence is no longer newsworthy; it’s more that the British public are becoming inured to the disaster in full swing at the other end of the Mediterranean.