The Mess Obama Left Behind in Iraq

Is it right to blame the president for the rise of the Islamic State? Well, it’s not wrong.


Kunduz Déjà Vu

One year after the U.S. attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz, I returned to the site of the massacre. The facility is still in ruins, and the Taliban are closing in on the city. Again.


Will FARC and Colombia Return to the Battlefield?

After a failed referendum, what comes next will determine whether war or peace breaks out.


The Jihadi Too Violent for ISIS

Abubakar Shekau’s bloodthirst helped make him the leader of Boko Haram — until the Islamic State decided to drop him for a friendlier face.


What the Hell Just Happened in Colombia?

The government’s peace deal with the FARC rebel group just met a Brexit-style demise. Here’s why it went off the rails.


Why the India-Pakistan War Over Water Is So Dangerous

As New Delhi and Islamabad trade nuclear threats and deadly attacks, a brewing war over shared water resources threatens to turn up the violence.


The Spark That Lit the War on Terror

The ill-fated U.S. intervention in Lebanon’s civil war fueled the rise of Islamist terrorism. And 34 years on, it still provides lessons about America’s failed Middle East policies.


New Philippine Leader Wants to Boot U.S. Commandos as ISIS Seeks a Foothold

U.S. Special Forces helped Manila weaken a virulent Islamist insurgency. But Duterte is talking about pushing out the Americans as fears rise over the Islamic State.

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