Terrorism

A member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement fires his gun.

Hezbollah Has No Choice but Escalation

The Beirut port blast investigation is turning over dangerous stones.

A Pakistani spectator carries a placard denouncing terrorism.

Pakistan Needs a Homegrown Counterterrorism Policy

The “war on terror” is an American idea that only made matters worse.

A carpet bearing images of a map of Afghanistan and flags of different countries is pictured inside a shop on Chicken Street in Kabul. on Feb 2, 2015.

Afghanistan Isn’t Good Terrorist Real Estate

Even if the Taliban wanted to serve as a safe haven, there’s no reason to think terrorists would want to take up the offer.

French Gendarmerie stand guard by the main gates of the Palais de Justice, where the trial of the alleged perpetrators of the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks is taking place, in Paris on Sept. 7.

The ‘Trial of the Century’ Will Test French Values

With 14 alleged terrorists on the stand and an election coming up, can politicians resist weighing in?

Afghan residents and victims' family members gather next to a vehicle that was damaged in a U.S. drone airstrike the day before in Kabul on Aug. 30.

U.S. Military Concedes It’s Unready to Fight Terrorism From ‘Over the Horizon’

Centcom will be flying blind for years in Afghanistan—and likely missing terrorists while killing innocents, experts say.

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.

The brother of Ezmarai Ahmadi, a civilian wrongly identified as an Islamic State militant and killed in a U.S. drone strike, stands next to the wreckage of a vehicle that was damaged in the strike in the Kwaja Burga neighborhood of Kabul on Sept. 18.

‘The Question Not Being Discussed Is Whether the War Is Just or Necessary’

In a new book, a Yale historian argues that Washington is setting a dangerous international precedent for permanent war.

Taliban leaders walk toward a Moscow press conference.

The Taliban Want a Seat at the U.N.

A Taliban letter to the secretary-general sets the stage for a diplomatic showdown.

Taliban fighters pass a billboard in Kabul.

The Myth of Moderate Jihadis

The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.

Police officers patrol by the wreckage of a car at the scene of suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu, on July 10.

Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach.

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

Why the Taliban Won’t Quit al Qaeda

Don’t expect the Taliban to compromise their terrorist allies.

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport

Throw a Lifeline to the Afghans Left Behind

This week’s U.N. General Assembly provides an opportunity to assist the minorities, activists, women, and girls still in Afghanistan.

Fighters from the former al-Nusra Front listen to a speech.

The Middle East’s Jihadis Are Copying the Taliban Model

Islamist groups are hoping that a turn to local jihad will win them international legitimacy.

Pakistan International Airlines plane takes off from Kabul

China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost

They share economic and geopolitical interests in Afghanistan, but counterterrorism could be a wrench.

The Italian diplomat Stefano Pontecorvo at the Kabul airport

NATO’s Man in Kabul

Stefano Pontecorvo spent his childhood in Kabul. Sixty years later, he coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself.

A CCP official gestures at ETIM weapons.

How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda

Beijing has used the “war on terror” to target its own minorities like Uyghurs.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar of the Taliban

Afghanistan Is a Bigger Headache for Tehran Than It Is Letting On

Iran cheered the U.S. withdrawal but is nervously hedging its bets with the Taliban.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden participate in a virtual diplomatic meeting.

Blinken Defends Afghanistan Withdrawal in First of Congressional Hearing Marathons

Republican lawmakers grilled Biden’s top diplomat over the end to the United States’ Afghan war.

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