The Mice Who Caught the Cat—and Rattled the Kremlin
“We Are Bellingcat” charts the rise of the digital sleuths who have used open-source investigations to foil Russia’s intelligence agencies.
Biden’s Syria Strikes Fuel New Debate on War Powers
Democrats in Congress signaled they were uneasy with the move and are demanding answers from the White House.
‘Crimes Against Humanity Were Committed Every Day in Syria’
A Syrian American doctor describes the devastation in Idlib, Syria.
The Axis of Resistance to Israel Is Breaking Up
Syria has turned against Hamas, and Iran’s efforts to mediate aren't working.
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’s Worst 2 Military Mistakes for Biden to Fix
Some policies may be worth keeping, but Trump’s handling of allies and withdrawals from conflict zones are not among them.
Syria’s Hidden Hand in Lebanon’s Port Explosion
Signs are adding up that the explosives in Beirut may have been intended for Damascus—but Lebanese elites are trying to slow the investigation.
Betrayed by Their Leaders, Failed by the West, Arabs Still Want Democracy
The Arab world is trapped in a state of permanent revolution.
The Arab Spring Let the People Shout, Not Whisper
I was a teenage protester, then a prisoner, now a refugee. We won’t go back to silence.
Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq
How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.
U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon
A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.
Iraqi Kurds Turn Against the PKK
Now that it’s beaten back the Islamic State, the Kurdistan Regional Government is focusing its attention on a group it has long tolerated.
What to Do About the Children of the Islamic State
The terrorist group’s most vulnerable victims are also its future face.
Russia Wants to Trade Syrian Refugees for Money
Moscow helped organize an international conference to help jump-start Syria’s reconstruction—but hardly anyone came.
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.
Stay and Starve, or Leave and Die
Jordan is dumping refugees on U.S.-held territory near Syria, and the United States is refusing to care for them as conditions worsen.
The United States Can Counter Putin and Assad With a Light Footprint in Syria
Washington can reduce Moscow’s influence and support Kurdish allies without a large troop presence in the region.
Document of the Week: When Ordering the Assassination of a World Leader Required Secrecy
Unlike Trump, former U.S. President Richard Nixon went to great lengths to cover up plans to assassinate or topple foreign leaders.