In West Africa, U.S. Military Struggles for Scarce Resources as Terrorism Threat Grows
Tensions with Iran almost scuttled a major international training exercise in the Sahel.
In Afghanistan, Religious Schools Are a Breeding Ground for Islamic State Influence
Countless madrassas are said to be funded by Gulf sources associated with the spread of extremist Salafist views.
Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.
The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.
The Year the Islamic State Lost Its Last Strongholds
Many of its militants are now in prison, but that doesn’t mean the battle is over. In 2020, conflict could rise anew.
The Fight for ISIS’s Old Territory Is Just Beginning
A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.
The Islamic State Will Outlive Baghdadi. Afghanistan Shows How.
The Islamic State-Khorasan offers a powerful case study of the militant group’s ability to create autonomous affiliates that flourish and endure.
Baghdadi Is Dead But His Legend Lives On
The leader of the Islamic State was finally killed—but not before he became the most important terrorist in recent history.
The Conditions That Created ISIS Still Exist
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death won’t eliminate the threat of Islamist extremism so long as autocratic regimes continue to hold sway in the Middle East.
U.S. Pushes Skeptical Allies to Step Up ISIS Fight in Syria
European partners are unlikely to contribute to a domestically unpopular mission with an unreliable ally, experts and insiders say.
Baghdadi’s Death Will Make Global Affiliates More Independent
The Islamic State’s next leader will have a hard time bringing disparate groups with competing agendas together.
In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten
Leaving thousands of detained Islamic State supporters and their families in poorly guarded camps poses a national security threat for Europe and the United States.
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.
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.
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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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.
ISIS Is a Survivor
Donald Trump claims to have defeated the Islamic State—but the group was designed to prove him wrong.