ISIS

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable

U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.

Members of the Iraqi Army load suspected Islamic State jihadis into a truck as they leave the courts before going to jail south of Mosul on Dec. 6, 2016.

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma

New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

An Iraqi protester waves the national flag during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in Baghdad on Oct. 5.

In Iraq, Protesters Are Sick of Corruption and Foreign Influence

The firing of a wildly popular general who led the fight against ISIS has set off demonstrations that could threaten the country’s stability.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

Fighters from the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigade, take part in a training exercise in Iraq's central city of Najaf on March 7, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit.

ISIS Is a Survivor

Donald Trump claims to have defeated the Islamic State—but the group was designed to prove him wrong.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participate in a training maneuver using an armored vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo province, on Jan. 16.

Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive

U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”

Nadia Murad sits in a UNODC office, preparing for an upcoming speech at the United Nations, in the film "On Her Shoulders."

A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People and Herself

On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for the film “On Her Shoulders.”

Police stand guard on the street in front of the Colosseum near concrete blocks placed to prevent vehicle attacks in central Rome on Aug. 26, 2017.

Is Italy Immune From Terrorism?

In recent years, the country has managed to avoid jihadi violence. But not everyone will want to copy its methods.

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Books in Brief

Reviews of the latest releases on mosquitoes, the Islamic State, and Kim Jong Un.

Tommy Morck stands next to a local SDF commander, Murat Amed, in Ayn Issa, Syria, on March 17, 2017.

Harsh Homecoming

They fought the Islamic State. Now they’re fighting to stay out of jail.

A French woman, Djamila Boutoutaou, attends her trial at the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad on April 17, 2018. She was sentenced to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State.

How Europe Is Handing Off Its ISIS Militants to Iraq

France is leading the way in washing its hands of its Islamic State fighters—whether they receive justice or not.

Families are trucked to al Hol on March 10. They came during and after the fall of Baghouz, a farming hamlet that was the final area under Islamic State control. Most had few belongings left.

The Kids of the Islamic State

A lens on the thousands of children detained in northeast Syria’s al-Hol camp and the unanticipated humanitarian crisis brought on by the fight against terrorism.

Sinjar city, seen in March 2017, remains severely damaged and largely deserted years after Islamic State militants were pushed out.

How ISIS Still Threatens Iraq

Roiled with internal divisions, Iraqi forces struggle to fully eliminate the Islamic State.

A French woman, Djamila Boutoutaou, attends her trial at the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad on April 17, 2018. She was sentenced to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State.

Iraq Brings the Islamic State to Justice

The country’s trials have been brutally efficient, but will the U.N. deem them fair?

Members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo stand guard after an alleged attack by the Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Beni on Nov. 11, 2018.

In Africa, All Jihad Is Local

The rush to link regional groups to the Islamic State could make militancy worse.

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