Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad inspect a military parade during their visit to the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia on Dec. 11, 2017.

Russia’s Payback Will Be Syria’s Reconstruction Money

But international donors—and Bashar al-Assad—aren't playing along yet.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the logo of the Islamic State on March 1, 2017, in the village of Albu Sayf, on the southern outskirts of Mosul.

The Post-Caliphate Caliph

A new video by the leader of the Islamic State proves he is committed to fighting the long fight.

Abdelkhaleq Jouloud sits with his family in their tent at a camp for displaced people in Hammam al-Alil, south of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, on Nov. 12, 2018.

Among Displaced Iraqis, One Group Is Worse Off Than the Rest

Internal refugees with perceived ties to the Islamic State suffer abuse and sexual exploitation in camps.

A coalition airstrike in the western Daraiya neighborhood of the embattled northern Syrian city of Raqqa on Sept. 5, 2017.

How the U.S. Miscounted the Dead in Syria

Rights groups say U.S.-led coalition killed many more civilians than previously disclosed in the battle against the Islamic State.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, attend a ceremony marking the completion of the sea part of the TurkStream gas pipeline in Istanbul on Nov. 19, 2018. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Gas Web Ensnares Europe

New pipeline projects throughout the Middle East could boost Russian influence there while also ensuring the country’s role as the prime supplier of energy to Europe.

Freshman Congressman Michael Waltz, a combat-decorated Green Beret, represents Florida’s 6th congressional district. (Rep. Waltz's website)

‘The 21st-Century Space Race Is On’

Michael Waltz, Congress’s first Green Beret, talks about the new Space Force and America’s budding commercial launch industry.

Drivers wait in line at the Jaber-Nasib crossing between Jordan and Syria on Jan. 16. (Laith Joneidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Syria’s Refugees Begin Their Journey Home

Thanks to a newly opened border crossing with Jordan, migrants are heading back to their country. But their ordeal is far from over.

A truck carrying Islamic State fighters who surrendered to Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as they are transported out of  Baghouz in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on Feb. 20, 2019.

ISIS Has Not Been Defeated. It’s Alive and Well in Southern Syria.

While Washington celebrates victory, the Islamic State is regrouping, and the Assad regime is letting it happen.

A discarded Islamic State flag lies torn on the ground in the village of Baghouz, Syria, on March 24. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS’s West African Offshoot Is Following al Qaeda’s Rules for Success

The amorphous Boko Haram splinter group is taking inspiration where it can get it and bringing disaster to the Lake Chad Basin in the process.

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen behind a military band upon his arrival in Algiers, Algeria on Dec. 2, 2018. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes

Middle Eastern governments have forged alliances with right-wing groups in the West dedicated to anti-Islam bigotry.

Smoke and fire billow after a shelling on the Islamic State’s last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on March 3. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside the Fall of the Islamic State

On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.

A woman walks past a giant election billboard showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb 3. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

How Bibi’s Bestie at the White House Is Helping Him Win the Israeli Election

With a political gift and a photo-op, Trump signals whose side he’s on.

Eliot Higgins in December 2018. (Claudia Leisinger for Foreign Policy)

How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and abuses.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign-policy chief, in Munich on Feb. 7, 2015. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Doesn’t Even Agree on Assad Anymore

The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria’s dictator and help him rebuild his country.

A tent in Manisa, Turkey, in which a Syrian refugee family lives is pictured in May 2016. (Valerio Muscella/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

From Refugee to Resident

Displaced people may live in host countries for decades. Here’s how to manage their stays.

الجزائريين يحتجون على ترشح بوتفليقة في الجزائر اليوم الجمعة ١ مارس.

الربيع العربي لم ينته بعد

روح الربيع العربي لا تزال مستمرة كما أظهرت الاحتجاجات الكبيرة في الجزائر والسودان.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.

Don’t Believe the Russian Hype

Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during a stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, on Dec. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything

If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.

Renu Begum, the eldest sister of Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her teen sister, who fled to Syria to join the Islamic State, as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard in London on Feb. 22, 2015. (Laura Lean/Getty Images)

Teenage Terrorists Aren’t Lost Forever

Even ISIS recruits can be reintegrated into society, if the approach is right.

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the group's last holdout of Baghouz, Syria, on Feb. 22. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

What Comes After ISIS?

The United States is good at using military might to defeat terrorists—but without a plan for clean, competent governance in areas once ruled by the Islamic State, the threat will remain.

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