ISIS

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.

A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 5, two weeks after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels killed 257 people.

The Global War on Terrorism Has Failed. Here’s How to Win.

Targeting terrorists and their networks brings only temporary success—but the long-term strategy needs to focus on discrediting the ideologies that attract attackers.

A crescent moon is seen over St Anthony's church after it was partially opened for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo on May 7, 2019.

ISIS’s Church Attacks Break Mohammed’s Own Pledges

Assaults on Christian sites show terrorists are apostates as well as murderers.

An ISIS billboard in the middle of the road on Nov. 8, 2016 in Qaraqosh, Iraq.

Welcome to the Post-Middle East ISIS

The Islamic State has a newly expanded geographic focus—and the results will be worse than the original.

Relatives carry the coffin of a bomb blast victim for a burial ceremony at a cemetery in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 2.

ISIS’s New Target: South Asia

The Sri Lanka attacks should put the region on alert.

Ashwaq Haji, a Yazidi woman held by the Islamic State as a slave, holds portraits of victims of the jihadis from her village of Kocho, near Sinjar, as she visits a temple in Lalish, northern Iraq, on Aug. 15, 2018.

A Broken Homecoming

Iraq’s Yazidis struggle with the future of the children of rape by Islamic State fighters.

A screen grab from a propaganda video released April 29 purportedly shows Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for the first time in five years at an undisclosed location.

‘Let’s Kill This Baby in the Crib’

That’s what the CIA said when it had Osama bin Laden in its sights after 9/11. Instead, America veered off into Iraq, and the result is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who appeared in a new video this week.

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