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U.S. troops patrol the roads of the Syrian town of al-Jawadiyah.
U.S. troops patrol the roads of the Syrian town of al-Jawadiyah.

The War That Is Testing America’s Patience

A new history of the United States’ war against the Islamic State.

Two women are seen from the back, walking down a street in a crowd.
Two women are seen from the back, walking down a street in a crowd.

Can This Brussels Neighborhood Shake Its Jihadi Reputation?

Molenbeek was labeled a hub of European extremism. Seven years later, with drug trafficking rising, alienated residents want to change the narrative.

reconstruction builders work to revive Mosul's Old City
reconstruction builders work to revive Mosul's Old City

Five Years After Liberation, There Is New Hope Among Mosul’s Ruins

On the anniversary of its liberation from the Islamic State, Iraq’s second city heals its scars.

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Uganda and Congo Are at War With the Islamic State

Denying the links between the Allied Democratic Forces and militant Islamists will endanger civilians.

A boy walks through buildings damaged from fighting.
A boy walks through buildings damaged from fighting.

America Isn’t Ready to Fight the Islamic State in Afghanistan

The jihadi group’s continued rise has left the United States with only bad options.

Medical and hospital staff bring an injured man on a stretcher for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on Aug. 26.
Medical and hospital staff bring an injured man on a stretcher for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on Aug. 26.

Is Islamic Terrorism Coming to the U.S. Again?

After the deadly Kabul attack, the CIA pins its hopes on an unconventional counterterrorism strategy.

Refugees and displaced Syrian women living in al-Hol camp, which houses relatives of Islamic State group members, queue to receive goods in northeastern Syria on March 28, 2019.
Refugees and displaced Syrian women living in al-Hol camp, which houses relatives of Islamic State group members, queue to receive goods in northeastern Syria on March 28, 2019.

Inside the Digital Lives of the Women of the Islamic State

On Telegram, pet care, gardening, and corruption scandals have replaced religious fervor.

Syrians walk past a mural bearing instructions on protection from COVID-19 in Qamishli in  northeastern Syria on Aug. 16, 2020.
Syrians walk past a mural bearing instructions on protection from COVID-19 in Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Aug. 16, 2020.

America’s Syrian Allies Deserve the COVID-19 Vaccine

They vanquished the Islamic State and are now in desperate need of aid.

A man rests against a wall of a sports stadium in Pemba, Mozambique, on May 22. The sports stadium is used as a transit camp for internally displaced persons fleeing attacks in the north of the country.
A man rests against a wall of a sports stadium in Pemba, Mozambique, on May 22. The sports stadium is used as a transit camp for internally displaced persons fleeing attacks in the north of the country.

The Islamic State Resurges in Mozambique

What happens there could decide the fate of terrorism—or peace—in Africa.

Bladed weapons seized from an Islamic State-affiliated cell are seen during a press conference by the director of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation in Sale, near Rabat, on Sept. 11, 2020.
Bladed weapons seized from an Islamic State-affiliated cell are seen during a press conference by the director of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation in Sale, near Rabat, on Sept. 11, 2020.

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.

Protestors inside the U.S. Capitol.
Protestors inside the U.S. Capitol.

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.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Islamic State terror group.
Then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Islamic State terror group.

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.

Members of the Kurdish Women's Protection Units arrive on the front lines in the eastern outskirts of Raqqa on July 18, 2017.
Members of the Kurdish Women's Protection Units arrive on the front lines in the eastern outskirts of Raqqa on July 18, 2017.

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.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

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.

A suspected Islamic State jihadi in Iraq
A suspected Islamic State jihadi in Iraq

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.

A man leaves flowers next to portraits of victims in front of the Reina nightclub where an Uzbek gunman acting on behalf of the Islamic State killed 39 people, in Istanbul on Dec. 31, 2017.
A man leaves flowers next to portraits of victims in front of the Reina nightclub where an Uzbek gunman acting on behalf of the Islamic State killed 39 people, in Istanbul on Dec. 31, 2017.

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.

An Islamic State billboard is seen destroyed in the middle of the road in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Nov. 8, 2016.
An Islamic State billboard is seen destroyed in the middle of the road in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on Nov. 8, 2016.

Foreign Fighters’ Life After the Caliphate

In interviews with former Islamic State members in hiding, religious concerns have been replaced with more quotidian worries.

Members of the Islamic State stand alongside their weapons, following their surrender to Afghanistan's government in Jalalabad on Nov. 17, 2019.
Members of the Islamic State stand alongside their weapons, following their surrender to Afghanistan's government in Jalalabad on Nov. 17, 2019.

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.

Soldiers from the Mozambican army in Mocímboa da Praia in 2018
Soldiers from the Mozambican army in Mocímboa da Praia in 2018

Mozambique Can’t Contain Its Insurgency Alone

Without a coherent counterterrorism strategy or regional assistance, the odds are stacked against the Mozambican military.

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