The Head of ISIS Is a Hypocrite and a Traitor
Newly released documents expose the Islamic State leader’s betrayal of his comrades, which presents a golden opportunity to discredit the movement.
Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia
Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.
Foreign Fighters’ Life After the Caliphate
In interviews with former Islamic State members in hiding, religious concerns have been replaced with more quotidian worries.
Indians and Central Asians Are the New Face of the Islamic State
Terrorists from India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan were never at the forefront of global jihad before—now they are.
Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone
Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.
Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling—and a Terrorist Mastermind
Ayman al-Zawahiri isn’t trying to plan another 9/11 attack—because he doesn’t need to.
Spending the Pandemic in an Iraqi Jail
Hundreds of Islamic State-affiliated women are optimistic that Baghdad will soon have to let them go.
The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade
After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.
Jalalabad Jailbreak Highlights Resurgence of ‘Eliminated’ ISIS
Despite a huge government effort, and some big blows, the Islamic State has shown surprising staying power in eastern Afghanistan.
Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict
Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.
Terrorism After the Pandemic
Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.
Mozambique’s Insurgency Is a Regional Problem
Rising extremist violence in the country’s oil-rich north threatens stability in southern Africa—and requires a coordinated response.
Foreign ISIS Children Deserve a Home
Western governments have shirked their responsibilities for far too long.
In Afghanistan, the Islamic State Threatens Long-Term Peace
After a bloody Ramadan, the Afghan government and the Taliban called for a three-day truce that mostly continues. But Islamic State terrorists are already conducting more massacres.
How Tensions Between the U.S. and Iran Ended Up Strengthening ISIS
American troops helped keep a lid on the Islamic State in Iraq. The Suleimani killing changed all that.
Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce
Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.
Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator
Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.
A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq
The Iraqi government is finally starting to make progress in its attempt to curb the influence of Kataib Hezbollah.
Pentagon Asks for More Cash to Cut Down Civilian Deaths
Under fire from human rights groups, the Pentagon is asking lawmakers for funding to improve its ability to track civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, Foreign Policy has learned.