The Tyranny of Distance
25 years after Desert Storm, America still hasn’t learned why it’s so difficult to win wars overseas.
UN Security Council Goes After Islamic State Cash
The UN Security Council passed a resolution targeting Islamic State finances Thursday.
The Billion-Dollar Caliphate
The Islamic State has gotten rich from extortion, heists, and smuggling. But how long can the extremist group continue to bankroll jihad?
U.S. Officials Say Key Refinery Isn’t Actually All That Key
Will the Baiji oil refinery in Iraq fall to the Islamic State? Pentagon says it might not matter.
Pentagon: Oil No Longer the Islamic State’s Main Source of Revenue
Airstrikes and falling oil prices have put a major dent on the Islamic State's oil smuggling business.
The New York Times Iraq bookshelf, and an unusual list from Andrew Bacevich
Tom Ricks offers a reading list on Iraq.
The U.S.-Led Push to Bankrupt the Islamic State Isn’t Working
Washington and its allies know they won't beat the militants until they can stop the terrorist group from raking in cash. The problem is that they don’t know how to do it.