Map of Middle East redrawn by desperate struggle against Isis

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Tom Coghlan, Sofia Barbarani, Hugh Tomlinson, Sara Elizabeth Williams, Hannah Lucinda Smith
In the thin, deserted alleys of Baqofah, an ancient Assyrian town retaken from Islamic State, a local Christian militia holds sway. With a few dozen old weapons and the support of peshmerga forces, its members vow to defend their land against all comers.
Yet, south of Baghdad, efforts to co-opt Sunni tribes into Iraq’s fight against Isis have all but collapsed. In Syria, the only modest advance by western-backed rebels has been achieved with the help of al-Qaeda-backed jihadists — the same group in the firing line of US bombers in the north of the country.

The war consuming Iraq and