Syria

Fighters with the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah party, carry flags as they parade in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut, to mark the al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day, on May 31.

Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

The trial of a senior operative reveals the extent of the terrorist organization’s reach in the United States and Canada.

Families are trucked to al Hol on March 10. They came during and after the fall of Baghouz, a farming hamlet that was the final area under Islamic State control. Most had few belongings left.

The Kids of the Islamic State

A lens on the thousands of children detained in northeast Syria’s al-Hol camp and the unanticipated humanitarian crisis brought on by the fight against terrorism.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II inspect a Guard of Honor at Windsor Castle on July 13, 2018.

Trump Arrives in London

Plus: Mexico prepares to meet U.S. officials over trade, a threat to Merkel's ruling coalition, and what to watch in the world this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during the awarding ceremony of the Order of Parental Glory at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on May 30.

Pentagon Wary of Russia-Iran Cooperation

Top Defense Department official warns Middle East allies that Moscow is not a reliable partner.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in Moscow on May 8.

Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms

U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances.

Senior advisor Jared Kushner poses for a selfie in the White House Rose on May 16.

Kushner’s Middle East Peace Plan Goes on Tour

Plus: Macron and Merkel remain divided over EU leadership, and the other stories we're following today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 8.

Turkey and Russia are Bitter Frenemies

The United States doesn’t need to fear their partnership. It will crumble soon enough.

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.

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