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Dispatch

Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu

An exclusive trove of al Qaeda documents found in this fabled city shows a theocracy in the making in Mali.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

Arm the Syrian Rebels. Now.

Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?

Michael Doran |

Argument

Mali Is Not a Stan

When it comes to covering Africa's latest conflict, it's suddenly amateur hour.

Laura Seay |

Micah Zenko

Investigate This

The U.N. will pry America's drones out of our cold, dead hands.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Mali's 2.5 Percent Problem

The real reason the Sahel is awash with terrorists? Rapid population growth.

Roger Howard |

Rebuttal

Fund Syria’s Moderates

We can’t say that helping the Syrian rebels didn’t work, because it has never really been tried.

Robin Yassin-Kassab |

Feature

Beyond Al Qaeda

As Western countries rush into Africa's troubled Sahel region, are we once again forgetting history?

Howard W. French |

Argument

The Eradicateurs

Why Algeria doesn't talk to terrorists -- even if that means killing hostages.

Geoff D. Porter |

Argument

Al Qaeda Is Alive in Africa

A witches' brew of Islamic jihadists is stirring up trouble across the continent. But is that America's problem yet?

Daniel Byman |

Terms of Engagement

Exit, Minus Strategy

Barack Obama has clearly decided to cut his losses in Afghanistan. Will all hell break lose when he does?

James Traub |

Argument

Killing the 'Good Taliban'

The death of Mullah Nazir exposes why Pakistan's love affair with jihadis is likely to end in tears.

Arif Rafiq |

Rebuttal

Did Awlaki Really Help the 9/11 Hijackers?

What Judicial Watch and Fox News got wrong about al Qaeda's leading English-language ideologue.

J.M. Berger |

Argument

The Year in Quotes

The 20 most puzzling, hypocritical, and revealing things said about U.S. foreign policy in 2012.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Syria's Time Is Running Out

The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.

Frederic Hof |

Dispatch

The Last Stand of Somalia's Jihad

Can Kenya's invasion of Kismayo put an end to al-Shabab for good?

James Verini |

Dispatch

Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns? 

Adam Baron |

Argument

The Rise of Al Qaeda in Syria

The White House wants to marginalize radicals within the anti-Assad insurgency -- but does it have any leverage left with the rebels?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

Argument

Words Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

Why Hamas should watch its language.

David Keyes |

Backstory

The Hot Seat

What you need to know about Benghazi going into this week's congressional hearings.

Ty McCormick |

EXCERPT

Losing Yemen

How this forgotten corner of the Arabian Peninsula became the most dangerous country in the world.

Gregory Johnsen |

Profile

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

Think Again

Think Again: The Bin Laden Raid

Six myths about President Obama's greatest foreign-policy success.

Mark Bowden |

Argument

Holy Warriors

A field guide to Syria's jihadi groups.

Aron Lund |

Argument

Is Iraq an Iranian Proxy?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Safa al-Sheikh |

David Rothkopf

A Truly Credible Military Threat to Iran

The Israelis and the Americans are zeroing in on a strike option that has a real chance of deterring the mullahs -- and defusing Mitt Romney's attacks.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Reports of al Qaeda's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The terrorist group may be headless, but its tentacles still pack a mean punch.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

The List

Know Your Ansar al-Sharia

From Sanaa to Benghazi, Cairo to Casablanca, radical new jihadi groups have adopted the same name in recent months. Is it all just a coincidence?

Aaron Y. Zelin |

Micah Zenko

The Seven Deadly Sins of John Brennan

What Obama's high priest of targeted killings doesn't want you to know.

Micah Zenko |

Dispatch

Brother of Al Qaeda Leader Offers Peace Plan

Mohamed al-Zawahiri was behind the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, but what he really wants is to make peace with the West.

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy |