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- Dec 4 20165 minutes
Death of an ISIS Ideologue
Neither the Islamic State nor al-Qaeda would be where they are today without Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir, who was recently killed in an American airstrike.
- Feb 19 20175 minutes
Ohio, Where Muslim and Christian Refugees Form 'Impossible' Friendships
Stepping out of an apartment complex into a warm Ohio night, Nashwaan Saddoon got into an old minivan and drove through Toledo to a hookah joint called Rocket Lounge. Sitting beside him was his friend, Amjad Arafeh. The two men had met only five mont
- Oct 16 20162 minutes
Al Qaeda To ISIS
“LET ME TAKE YOU back before the rise of ISIS to May 2, 2011. That’s the day when Osama bin Laden is killed in his hideout in Abbottabad, in Pakistan. The message that came out of Washington at that time is that Al Qaeda had been decapitated, that th
- Jan 26 20174 minutes
The Dangerous Delusion of 'We Should've Kept the Oil'
The president has said he wants to support the troops, but his careless comments put U.S. lives at risk in Iraq.
- Mar 20 20173 minutes
New Travel Ban Helps U.S.-Iraq Relations But Still Stings Elsewhere
WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERED a ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations on Jan. 27, ostensibly to defend the U.S. from terrorism, global uproar ensued. Rights advocates, foreign governments and many U.S. citizens denounced a move th
- Dec 27 20165 minutes
Will Trump Break the Special Forces?
The president-elect’s plans to defeat ISIS will rely heavily on elite soldiers already on the verge of burnout.
- Oct 24 20164 minutes
Beating ISIS—And Saving Iraq
ISIS’S CROWN JEWEL in Iraq for more than two years is all but guaranteed to fall soon to a major military offensive led by Iraqi security forces and bolstered by U.S. advisers and airpower. Retaking Mosul, a city of 1 million that has been a keystone
- Jan 18 201717 minutes
How the U.S. Military Sees the Anti-ISIS Fight
ERBIL, Iraq—There’s no welcome sign at this U.S. military base discreetly tucked into the corner of the Kurdistan International Airport in northern Iraq. It doesn’t even have a name. But it’s here. Thousands of troops are here, including Americans, G
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Battling Lone-Wolf Terrorists at Home
THE ARRAY OF terrorist actors is broader, wider and deeper than it has been at any time since Sept. 11, 2001. While I have great confidence in the U.S. counterterrorism architecture built in the past 15 years and the professionals we have trained, th
- Oct 21 20169 minutes
The New Isis Crisis
The so-called caliphate may be losing ground in Iraq and Syria, but hardcore jihadis will keep fighting—there and in the West.
- Mar 3 201712 minutes
How Donald Trump is Fueling ISIS
From his clumsy comments to the travel ban, the president is giving jihadis exactly what they want.
- Nov 28 20161 minute
Trump’s Too-Tidy Plan To Defeat Islamic State
His in-and-out military solution will not be quick, and may leave the area in greater chaos
- Feb 19 20175 minutes
49 Minutes With … Rukmini Callimachi
AROUND 7:30 P.M., three hours before she is scheduled to depart on an overnight flight to Jordan, Rukmini Callimachi sends me a text message. “I’m so sorry but I’m running really late,” it reads. Callimachi, one of journalism’s foremost experts on th
- Aug 1 20162 minutes
Religious or Not, Terrorists Inspired by ISIS Raise the Group’s Profile and Power
THE PATTERN IS TRAGICALLY FAMILIAR: A TROUBLED person with a criminal past attacks in the name of ISIS. San Bernardino, Calif.; Orlando; and perhaps now Nice, France. They are not ISIS, exactly, but ISIS-ish—men and women who have no organizational t
- Oct 31 20161 minute
For the Record
‘We will absolutely accept the result of the election.’ MIKE PENCE, Republican nominee for Vice President, responding to questions about claims by his running mate, Donald Trump, that the elections will be “rigged” $340 billion Annual losses to th
- Mar 23 20176 minutes
ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS?
Despite claiming responsibility for attacks like the one in London, the group is dying. It will retain the ability to inspire.
- Mar 3 201710 minutes
The Race to Save Jewish Heritage in the Middle East
In the early 1900s, nearly 1 million of the world’s estimated 15 million Jews were still living across the Middle East and North Africa. In some countries, only dozens remain.
- Nov 7 201610 minutes
Iraq Takes On ISIS
A long convoy winds down the mountain, the vehicles rumbling over a dirt track. The trucks and jeeps carry Iraqi Kurdish fighters clutching assault rifles as they head into battle. Straight ahead, a towering black plume rises from the ISIS-held city
- Jul 18 20164 minutes
With Another Civilian Attack, ISIS's War on Turkey Intensifies
BOMBS RIPPED THROUGH THE BUSY AIRPORT TERMINAL. Gunfire echoed. Hundreds of travelers and airport workers ran in terror, while others dived for cover. Blood spilled on the floor as screaming ambulances outside parted stunned crowds. Although no grou
- Apr 7 20173 minutes
The Terrifying Simplicity of the Stockholm Attack
“Very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle,” an ISIS publication advises.
- Apr 10 20171 minute
For the Record
‘We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.’ PAUL RYAN, Speaker of the House, withdrawing his health care bill before a scheduled vote on March 24; it did not have the support it needed to pass ‘THIS IS AN HISTORIC MOMENT F
- Mar 7 20173 minutes
The Coming Fall of Mosul
Although there is much hard fighting to be done in Iraq, the fall of Mosul will effectively spell the end of the Islamic State’s eastern province. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will then be the Islamic State of Syria. In Arabic, we’ll have to s
- Mar 22 20172 minutes
Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting officials from 68 countries to discuss how best to take on ISIS. "As a coalition we are not in the business of nation-building or reconstruction," he said.
- Oct 28 20165 minutes
ISIS Note Reveals Ruthless Orders Ahead of Mosul Battle
In a message to besieged ISIS fighters in former stronghold Manbij, a commander tells them not to come back alive.
- Mar 6 20174 minutes
Where Do ISIS Fighters Go When the Caliphate Falls?
The Islamic State is reeling. With its finances cut in half over the past six months, its media and information operations in tatters, and the offensive in western Mosul eating through its territory, the end of its so-called caliphate across the Midd
- Apr 22 20174 minutes
The Banality of the Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack
The way the bombing has played out suggests Europe is becoming more accustomed to terrorism.
- Jan 27 20174 minutes
The Coldhearted Folly of Trump's Proposed Immigration Order
The countries likely affected are not those whose nationals have actually perpetrated the most ghastly attacks on Western targets.
- Mar 23 20176 minutes
Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria
The U.S. considers deploying hundreds more American troops to Syria in the final phase of the war against ISIS — one that could reshape borders and relationships in the Middle East.
- Mar 23 20172 minutes
Why Did It Take ISIS a Full Day to Claim the London Attack?
Less than 24 hours after British national Khalid Masood allegedly plowed a vehicle into bystanders on London’s Westminister Bridge and stabbed an officer outside the U.K. Parliament, the Islamic State took credit for the attack. In a statement releas