Decoding Daesh: Why is the new name for ISIS so hard to understand?

By Alice Guthrie on 19/2/15 Arabic translator Alice Guthrie investigates ‘Daesh’, the new name for ISIS recently adopted by several world leaders because it delegitimises the group’s activities. But how can a new name undermine a terrorist organisation? And why do the English-speaking media find the name so difficult to understand? Over the last few months, there has been a

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