The Cable

Trump Expands War Authorities to Target Militants in Somalia

Under a new authorization, U.S. forces are given more ability to launch attacks on al Shabab in the East African country


‘Mission Accomplished’ Will Never Come in Afghanistan

Will the Trump administration put American interests first, or the president’s own obsession with "winning"?

The Cable

U.S. Says Airstrike In Syria Did Not Hit Mosque

Videos emerged of a bombed-out mosque and dozens dead after an airstrike in northern Syria, but U.S. officials say they hit al Qaeda.


Al Qaeda Is Starting to Swallow the Syrian Opposition

On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, moderate rebels have never been weaker — and jihadis have never been stronger.

Shadow Government

From SEALs to All-Out War: Why Rushing Into Yemen Is a Dangerous Idea

The first foreign-policy crisis of the Trump administration may be in a country most Americans could not find on a map.


Imprisoned by al Qaeda, Saved by a Kitten

How I slipped my jihadi captors and escaped from Syria.


The Man Who Could Have Stopped the Islamic State

Almost 10 years ago, an al Qaeda emissary was sent to tell Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to tone down his terrorism. The journey, and its failure, gave birth to ISIS.

Christian Caryl

Mourning the Syria That Might Have Been

How Assad’s forces bombed a democratic experiment into oblivion.

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