While some arguments for the decline of the state are insightful and important, none of them have stuck.
Several years after pulling back, American troops will head outside the wire to battle the Taliban and turn up the air war.
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And Western countries need a plan to defuse the threat they pose.
The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.
Now they fear restrictions on their mission.
Five questions to help understand what exactly America’s latest Middle Eastern war has, and hasn’t, accomplished.
A 'tactical campaign masquerading as strategy' needs to find one now.
As the Iraqi government reclaimed the city of Kirkuk, Kurdish troops had the choice to watch or flee.
The president talks a big game about standing up to Iran — but will he do anything about Iranian-backed militias attacking America's staunchest allies?
The Iraqi prime minister has held his country together amid war and financial crisis. His next battle is to win re-election.
The world needs a plan to deal with the wives and children of the Islamic State's defeated jihadis.