Osama bin Laden’s Secret Masturbation Fatwa

How the sexual torment of Islamic radicals helps explain the genesis of jihadi violence.


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.


Al Qaeda Is Gaining Strength in Syria

While Washington sits on the sidelines, the siege of Aleppo has cleared a path for the return of America’s greatest enemy.


The Greatest Divorce in the Jihadi World

Al Qaeda wasn’t about to take ISIS’s defection from its ranks lying down. In Part III of an exclusive series, an Islamic State insider describes the events that led to civil war within the anti-Assad ranks.


How the Islamic State Seized a Chemical Weapons Stockpile

When jihadists captured a Syrian military base, they found a cache of some of the world’s most dangerous weapons buried in its bunkers. In Part II of an exclusive series, an Islamic State member explains how they eventually fell into the hands of the self-styled “caliphate.”

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