Syria

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Why the public reaction to one man's brutal murder could push Britain to become a stronger ally in the fight against the Islamic State.

Nabeelah Jaffer |

Argument

Mr. Bean to Jihadi John

Western governments are sounding alarm bells about foreign fighters joining the Islamic State. But experts say that these would-be radicals are more often bumbling losers than bin Laden.

David Kenner |

Report

How Willing Is Obama's Coalition?

The president is desperate not to go it alone against the Islamic State, but he may not have any choice.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

There Goes the Neighborhood

Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad.

Andrew Tabler |

COLUMN

We Don't Need Another Dumb War

But if President Obama follows through on his plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, that's exactly what we’re going to get.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

A Pep Talk for the Ages, This Wasn't

Why President Obama's war cry doesn’t quite measure up to his predecessors'.

Suzanne Nossel |

COLUMN

Obama and the Never-Ending War

By limiting U.S. goals in Iraq and Syria, the president makes less likely the exit he so desperately wants.

David Rothkopf |

Christian Caryl

License to Kill

Never underestimate the power of rage.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Can Airstrikes Stop the Islamic State?

The United States has been raining bombs on Iraq -- and Syria might be next. But data show it's going to take more than planes to knock the Islamic State off its perch.

Chris Woods |

Slide Show

What We Found on the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom

Screenshots from a jihadi's personal computer.

Slide Show |

Exclusive

Recipes From the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom

How to make ricin, Semtex, and banana mousse.

Harald Doornbos |

COLUMN

How the Islamic State Could Kill the Two-State Solution

The havoc wrought by the Islamic State extends far beyond Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Britain's Radical Challenge

The threat of British jihadists can't be an excuse for the country to abandon its foundational principles.

H.A. Hellyer |

Argument

How Not to Help Americans Captured Abroad

A few lines, buried deep in the 2015 appropriations bill, could be a nightmare for American detainees and the State Department.

Richard Grenell |

Argument

The Syrian Enemy of My Syrian Enemy

How the threat of the Islamic State could bring together the country's warring factions -- if only Barack Obama is willing to seize the opportunity.

Hassan Hassan |

Exclusive

Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom

Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs and missives on using weapons of mass destruction.

Harald Doornbos |

Argument

The New Arab Cold War

As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

A Dirty Hyphenated Word

Nation-building is the only thing that can fix Libya and Syria. So why has President Obama basically ruled it out?

Suzanne Nossel |

Report

Lady al Qaeda: The World's Most Wanted Woman

The Taliban wanted to trade Bergdahl for her. The Islamic State offered to swap Foley. Why does every jihadi group want the U.S. to free Aafia Siddiqui? 

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

The Islamic State's Home-Field Advantage

5 reasons why an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria won't work. And why it's going to happen anyway.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Mission Leap

5 signs your "limited" Iraq intervention is spiraling out of control.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

All the Queen's Men

Why can't British intelligence prevent men like James Foley's killer from fighting in Iraq -- or coming home?

Alex Massie |

Argument

I Was Gassed by Bashar al-Assad

A year ago, a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of my neighbors and friends. But the greatest tragedy is Obama's refusal to punish the murderer in Damascus.

Qusai Zakarya |

COLUMN

Would American Money Have Saved James Foley?

European governments pay millions of dollars in ransoms to free their hostages. The White House needs to decide whether it’s willing to sacrifice principle for people.

James Traub |

Photo Essay

On the Other Side of the Mountain

A Yazidi family, safe for now, takes temporary shelter in Northern Iraq along the border with Syria.

Andrew Quilty |

Argument

The Pinprick President

Barack Obama needs to go to war with the Islamic State, or it will go to war with America.

James F. Jeffrey |

Argument

The Sisi Doctrine

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability.

Michael Wahid Hanna |

Argument

The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

While the Islamic State pillages Iraq, the more moderate opposition in Syria is making headway against Assad's forces back home.

Robert S. Ford |

COLUMN

Treating the Symptoms, Letting the Sickness Mutate

President Obama's limited engagement in Iraq is an insult to the people of Syria -- and does nothing to help prevent further violence.

Kori Schake |