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.
The Occupation as Entertainment
The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.
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 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.
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.
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.
When Diplomacy Disappears
The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.
Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces
Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.
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.
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.
Made in America, But Lost in Iraq
U.S.-made tanks that fell into militia hands have sparked a standoff with Baghdad over assistance.
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.
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’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment
Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.
The Trouble Before the Storm
The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.
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.
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.
The vice president wants aid to go Christians and other minorities targeted by the Islamic State. But others fear it could increase sectarian strife.
How to Stop the War Between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds
Fighting between two vital U.S. allies will only strengthen Assad and Iran.