North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Armageddon by Accident

Trump and Kim’s brinkmanship raises the danger of an accidental conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

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A Turf War Is Tearing Apart the Intel Community’s Watchdog Office

Internal scuffling threatens to dismantle the Intelligence Community Inspector General.

Chadian soldiers patrol in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru on Feb. 4, 2015. (Stephane Yas/AFP/Getty Images)

America Should Beware a Chadian Military Scorned

Stung by its inclusion on the Trump administration’s travel ban, Chad is already making life harder for U.S. troops in Africa.

A member of the Popular Mobilization Forces flashes a "V" sign in the northern town of Hatra on April 28. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq’s Shiite Militias Are Just Getting Started

The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad.

Iraqi forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk during an operation on Oct. 16. (AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi-Kurdish Clash in Kirkuk Opens Door to More Iranian Influence

Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum sparked a showdown with Baghdad, leaving Washington fighting the Islamic State and Tehran taking advantage.

Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish Peshmerga positions on Oct. 15 on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is in Denial About Iraq

The war in Iraq won’t end as long as the United States avoids deciding what it wants there.

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

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