Press review 20th-27th June
Why an Isis caliphate is no more than a pipe dream – 25/06/2014 – The Telegraph
The caliphate seems to be back in fashion. The institution is a millennium old, though the last caliphate was abolished in 1924, when the secular republic of Turkey snuffed out the final vestiges of the Ottoman Empire. A century on, the Iraqi djihadist group ISIS wants to resurrect the caliphate across the Fertile Crescent, that beautiful but war-studded arc of land stretching from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Medieval aims, through modern means. Can they do it?