war on terror

Flowers mark the location where Sayfullo Saipov crashed into cyclists along a Manhattan bike path on Oct. 31 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Next Phase in the War on Terror Is Here

But talk of Guantánamo, “extreme vetting,” and ending the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is just a distraction from the real threat.

Soldiers from Niger's National Guard march on the tarmac in Diffa, southeastern Niger, on June 16, 2016. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason U.S. Troops Are in Niger

Hint: This is a local and regional conflict, not a global one.


‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Some nice portrayals in a C-movie wrapper

Better directorial judgment and a larger budget would have made for a more compelling film.

A general view taken on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 26, 2017 shows people gathering around a flower tibute for the victims of last week's deadly attacks during a march against terrorism which slogan is #NoTincPor (I'm Not Afraid).
Tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners stagged a defiant march against terror through Barcelona following last week's deadly vehicle rampages. The Mediterranean city is in mourning after a van ploughed into crowds on Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17, followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside town of Cambrils.
 / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Is There Any Defense Against Low-Tech Terror?

The Catalonia attacks are a case study in the future of violent extremism. Governments need to figure out how to respond.

<> on July 2, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Trump’s Presidential Afghanistan Speech

Details may be slim, but the president nailed the "why" of America's longest war — and boldly went against his political base.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump salutes during the presidential inaugural parade  on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Pushing America’s Special Forces Past the Breaking Point

America has never had more counterterrorism raids — and less of a counterterrorism strategy.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28:  U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of  the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Congress Will Rubber-Stamp Whatever War Powers Donald Trump Wants

Senators and representatives say they want to scrutinize the White House’s use of the military, but don’t kid yourself.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - APRIL 24: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (center right) is greeted by Presidential Palace staff as he arrives to meet with Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on April 24, 2017 in in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mattis is on a regional tour of the Middle East.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Isn’t Being a CEO. He’s Just AWOL.

The president’s delegation of determining troop levels in Afghanistan to the Pentagon is unprecedented and dangerous.


Screw Brad Pitt and the ‘War Machine’ He Rode in On

The Stanley McChrystal — and the war in Afghanistan — I knew is not at all like what you’ll see on Netflix.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (2-R) review troops during a visit to France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, on May 19, 2017. 
French President's visit in Mali is his first trip outside Europe since his inauguration on May 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Weighs Vetoing France’s African Anti-Terrorism Plan

France presses for a swift vote on a U.N. resolution endorsing an African force, betting Washington will back down.

Evacuees from Marawi City camp rest at the Saguiaran Townhall in Lanao del Sur on the southern island of Mindanao on June 5, 2017. 
Efforts to rescue up to 2,000 civilians trapped in fighting between government forces and Islamist militants in a Philippine city failed on June 4 when a proposed truce ended in a hail of gunfire and explosions, authorities and witnesses said. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duterte’s War on Terror Also Looks Like a War on Civilians

The Philippines’ unbridled war on terror looks uncomfortably like its war on drugs.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 20:  U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (C) speaks as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald (R) and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Christopher Wray (L) listen during a news conference August 20, 2004 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Ashcroft announced that Muhammad Hamid Khalil Salah of suburban Chicago, and Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar of suburban Washington, DC, were arrested and an arrest warrant was issued for Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, a former U.S. resident who currently resides in Damascus, Syria, on charges of conspiracy to illegally finance the Hamas, a group officially declared a "foreign terrorist organization" by the State Department.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Pick to Lead the FBI Is A War on Terror Veteran

Best known for representing Gov. Chris Christie, Christopher Wray would take over the FBI at a moment of turmoil.

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arab Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Plan to Defeat Terrorism Is Self Defeating

The president's counterterrorism strategy appears to be a dysfunctional combination of repurposed elements of the Bush and Obama approaches infused with some of Trump’s worst impulses

405831 03: U.S. Soldiers, From The 1St Battalion, 3Rd Special Forces Group, Unload Boxes Of School Supplies At The Technical Academy Elementary School May 25, 2002 Outside Of Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Troops Are Helping Unicef Deliver Pre-Packaged "School-In-A-Box" Sets, Containing Pens, Pencils, Notebooks And Text Books, To 400 Local School Children.  (Photo By Natalie Behring-Chisholm/Getty Images)

Meet the Venture Capitalist Who Launched a Kickstarter for War

From Syria to Ukraine, when the Pentagon needs help, Jim Hake has the answer.

Posters, a flag and a bunch of flowers in solidarity with the dead and injured from the terror attack in Manchester are arranged on the pavement in Trafalgar Square in central London on May 23, 2017. 
Twenty two people have been killed and dozens injured in Britain's deadliest terror attack in over a decade after a suspected suicide bomber targeted fans leaving a concert of US singer Ariana Grande in Manchester. British police on Tuesday named the suspected attacker behind the Manchester concert bombing as Salman Abedi, but declined to give any further details. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

I Love Manchester, But Please Stop Celebrating My Hometown

Giving ordinary places symbolic value is what terrorists want.

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