Best Defense

War and tweets: What we’ve learned from the Orlando shootings about how best to respond to terrorist attacks

The reasons Orlando was able to absorb adversity relatively well in the face of a terrible attack may be instructive for other cities.

The Cable

Americans Killed by Afghan Army Gunman in Kabul

The attack is the first of its kind in over a year, but comes amid a Taliban offensive.


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.


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.


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.

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