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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527547
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $40.00
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Red Line

The Unravelling of Syria and the Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World




From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Black Flags, the harrowing true story of the mission to find and destroy Syria's chemical weapons and defeat ISIS - only to lose control of both.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Black Flags, the harrowing true story of the mission to find and destroy Syria's chemical weapons and defeat ISIS - only to lose control of both.

'Presents [the story] sharply and compellingly' Washington Post
'Excellent' Independent

In August 2012, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was clinging to power in a vicious civil war. Concerned that Assad might resort to chemical weapons, the international community warned that any such use would cross "a red line", warranting a military response. When a year later Assad bombed the Damascus suburb of Ghouta with sarin gas, killing hundreds, global leaders were torn between living up to their word and becoming mired in another unpopular Middle Eastern war. So when Russia offered to store Syria's chemical weapons, the world leaped at the solution.

So begins a race to find, remove, and destroy 1,300 tons of chemical weapons in the middle of Syria's civil war. Told in harrowing detail, the initial effort is a tactical triumph for the West, but soon Russia's long game becomes clear: it has UN cover to assist Assad's regime. Meanwhile, the territory gains of ISIS further destabilise the country, and the terrorist organisation seeks to secure Syria's chemical arsenals for itself, with horrifying consequences.

Red Line is a classic Joby Warrick true-life thriller: a character-driven narrative with a cast of heroes and villains, including weapons hunters, politicians, commandos, diplomats, and spies. Through original reporting and eyewitness accounts from direct participants, Joby Warrick reveals how a well-intentioned effort to save Syrian lives became swept up in a calamitous chain of events that would spawn a terrorist movement, unleash torrents of refugees, frustrate two U.S. presidents and empower the Western alliance's most dangerous foes.

  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527547
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $40.00
Categories:

About the author

Joby Warrick

JOBY WARRICK has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 1996. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and the author of Black Flags and The Triple Agent.

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Praise for Red Line

Excellent.

The Independent

Highly readable and well-sourced - a real-life thriller. Engrossing.

Ian Black, Observer

Shines a light on just how extraordinary the international operation to rid Syria of 1,300 tonnes of some of the most dangerous materials on the planet was. Powerful.

The New Arab

Presents [the story] sharply and compellingly.

Washington Post

'Combines the novelist's gift for storytelling with the journalist's gift for hard research...essential and compelling reading for anyone seeking to understand the unimaginable tragedy of the Syrian civil war'

The Tablet

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