ISIS

A firing line of Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers take aim and fire at targets during a marksmanship training exercise to prepare for Operation Roundup, an SDF-led campaign to clear the last Islamic State strongholds, near Shaddadi, Syria, on May 27. (Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster/U.S. Army)

U.S.-led Coalition Set to Launch Final Fight Against ISIS in Syria

The jihadi group has lost nearly all its territory but is still seen as a threat.

Lior Raz, right, and Doron Ben-David play undercover Israeli operatives in Fauda, now available on Netflix. (Netflix)

The Occupation as Entertainment

The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.

U.S. forces near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah on April 28, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo

Short on funding, U.S. and European programs designed to help rebuild after the Islamic State are faltering.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel Hall)

Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War

As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.

Iraqis celebrate with a picture of the Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, after the general election in Baghdad on May 14, 2018.

I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He’s Iraq’s Best Hope.

The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.

A member of the Iraqi security forces after voting in Baghdad on May 10. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

As Iraq Goes to the Polls, the U.S. and Iran Hang Back

For the first time since the military defeat of the Islamic State, Iraqis are voting for a new parliament. And Tehran and Washington aren’t getting in the way.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

A U.S. convoy of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces

Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Syria in the White House on April 9. From left: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Passive-Aggressive Syria Policy Risks Creating More Mayhem in the Middle East

The United States is pursuing a worst-of-both-worlds mix of hawkish confrontation and strategic retrenchment.

A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past an Islamic State logo on the outskirts of Mosul on March 1, 2017. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS 2.0 Is Really Just the Original ISIS

Without territory, the Islamic State has quickly reverted back to its origins as a terrorist group.

An Iraqi army M1A1 Abrams tank on its way to Mosul, on Nov. 4, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Made in America, But Lost in Iraq

U.S.-made tanks that fell into militia hands have sparked a standoff with Baghdad over assistance.

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk  during a Pentagon briefing in Arlington, VA, on May 19, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition

With the Islamic State on the brink of military defeat, the State Department is poised to eliminate the office charged with coordinating the fight.

A woman reads names on a commemorative plaque during a memorial ceremony for victims of an Islamic State attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.

U.S. and Turkish flags are seen together on February 14 in Istanbul.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.

Vladimir Putin walks near a new Russian fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 on June 17, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment

Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.

Smoke billows over Mosul, Iraq, after an airstrike by U.S.-led international coalition forces targeting the Islamic State on July 9, 2017. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trouble Before the Storm

The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.

A school that was used by the Islamic State's fighters in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS’s War on Families Never Ended

The Islamic State's campaign for the hearts and minds of Syrian children may have laid the groundwork for its resurgence.

A Syrian opposition fighter in front of Turkish troops near the Syrian border on January 22, 2018. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to Syria 2.0

The country’s civil war is over — and an entirely new one has started, with the United States at the center of it.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

After ISIS

The vice president wants aid to go Christians and other minorities targeted by the Islamic State. But others fear it could increase sectarian strife.

Turkish army tanks gather close to the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province.

How to Stop the War Between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds

Fighting between two vital U.S. allies will only strengthen Assad and Iran.

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