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Shiite Muslims protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism

Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

Our Top Stories of 2019

From turmoil in northeastern Syria to censorship in China, here are the stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the logo of the Islamic State near Mosul, Iraq, on March 1, 2017.

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.

Syrian civilians flee villages amid fighting in the countryside of Tal Abyad

Articles That Had an Impact

From the State Department to the U.N. to Turkey, India, and Pakistan, Foreign Policy’s reporting helped make a difference.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Forces of Asayish

Greenlighted by Trump, Turkey Invades Syria

Five essential reads on the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria.

U.S. soldiers near the Syrian-Turkish border

‘We Just Capitulated’

The Pentagon’s recently departed Middle East policy chief addresses the administration’s handling of Turkey’s Syria invasion and response to Iranian attacks.

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Who Exactly Is Turkey Resettling in Syria?

Ankara claims it’s helping displaced Syrians return home. Kurds and international observers accuse Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government of demographic engineering.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria 

Questions arise as to whether Erdogan’s $26 billion megaproject is intended to clear his border of Kurds.

Mazloum Abdi, the commander in chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Kurdish Commander Calls on Trump to Prevent ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

The SDF’s Gen. Mazloum Abdi wants international observers to stop Turkish-backed forces from displacing the Kurds.

Pro-Turkish Syrian fighters carry away remains of the victims of a car bomb explosion at the industrial zone in the northern Syrian town of Tal Abyad

Turkey Begins Resettling Refugees in Northeastern Syria

Continued reports of atrocities by Turkish-backed forces raise concerns about ethnic cleansing.

Turkish-backed Syrian Arab fighters man a checkpoint in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northern Syria after seizing control of it from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on March 18, 2018.

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.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment’

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy slams the Trump administration for withholding aid to Lebanon.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern Syrian town of Qahtaniyah

No ‘End Date’ for U.S. Troops in Syria

Top general is confident he can keep pressure on the Islamic State, but a recent watchdog report says the group could reconstitute.

Fatima Khode al-Shalla, 36, walks through her home in Malkef, Syria, on Nov. 6 as her family prepares to move to another village about 15 miles to the west to avoid the advancing war.

Life on the Front Lines in Northern Syria

With echoes of shelling from Turkish-allied forces nearby, families sheltering in abandoned villages wonder when they can go home.

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command

Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again

The threat from Tehran continues to increase despite U.S. military buildup, U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says.

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Don’t Believe the Hype. Russia Is Losing in the Middle East—and Around the World.

Putin’s apparent victories in spreading Russian influence are mirages, some of which have come at a great cost.

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