Inside the Digital Lives of the Women of the Islamic State
On Telegram, pet care, gardening, and corruption scandals have replaced religious fervor.
America’s Syrian Allies Deserve the COVID-19 Vaccine
They vanquished the Islamic State and are now in desperate need of aid.
The Islamic State Resurges in Mozambique
What happens there could decide the fate of terrorism—or peace—in Africa.
The Islamic State’s Signing Bonus
The group may be defeated in Syria and Iraq, but joining it still offers major dividends to local jihadis in Africa.
Are Telegram and Signal Havens for Right-Wing Extremists?
The best model for tackling violent right-wing groups on heavily encrypted apps is the fight against the Islamic State.
State Department Floats Plans to Reshuffle Counter-Islamic State Envoy Office
The proposed move has sparked internal debates over the future of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
The Women Who Helped Topple the Caliphate
“The Daughters of Kobani” chronicles the female Kurdish fighters who battled terrorists, fought for equality, and then got stabbed in the back.
The Capitol Coup Attempt Was the Far-Right’s Opening Shot
Jan. 6 was a classic example of propaganda by the deed—a revolutionary approach favored by everyone from 19th-century anarchists to Osama bin Laden.
The Head of ISIS Is a Hypocrite and a Traitor
Newly released documents expose the Islamic State leader’s betrayal of his comrades, which presents a golden opportunity to discredit the movement.
Jihadist Networks Dig In on Social Media Across Central Asia
Almost 500 extremist channels on Telegram, VKontakte, and other networks spread propaganda and vie for recruits. Most of them have ties to the Islamic State.
Foreign Fighters’ Life After the Caliphate
In interviews with former Islamic State members in hiding, religious concerns have been replaced with more quotidian worries.
Indians and Central Asians Are the New Face of the Islamic State
Terrorists from India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan were never at the forefront of global jihad before—now they are.
Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone
Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.
Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling—and a Terrorist Mastermind
Ayman al-Zawahiri isn’t trying to plan another 9/11 attack—because he doesn’t need to.
Spending the Pandemic in an Iraqi Jail
Hundreds of Islamic State-affiliated women are optimistic that Baghdad will soon have to let them go.
The Refugee Crisis Is Now a German Superhero Movie
The most persuasive portrait of Angela Merkel’s decision-making five years ago is featured in a new television film.
The Islamic State Isn’t Behind Syria’s Amphetamine Trade
After a record seizure, Italian police blamed the terror group. It’s more likely the Syrian regime has a hand in production and trafficking.
Jalalabad Jailbreak Highlights Resurgence of ‘Eliminated’ ISIS
Despite a huge government effort, and some big blows, the Islamic State has shown surprising staying power in eastern Afghanistan.
Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict
Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.