Syria

Report

Treasury's War on the Islamic State

The green-eyeshades crew is taking the lead in trying to choke off the illicit millions that fund the terrorist group. But the Islamic State's own overreach may cost it more than sanctions.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

The Internet Is Not the Enemy

Global efforts to stop the Islamic State should not come at the expense of online freedom. Let the world see the depravity of their ideology.

Jillian C. York |

Report

The Administration Goes All in on Kobani

Only days ago the Pentagon was saying that this small Syrian city might fall to the Islamic State. Now it's pulling out all the stops to save Kobani. 

Kate Brannen |

Dispatch

Barbarians at the Gates of Baghdad

How long can Iraq’s besieged forces hold out against the Islamic State?

Susannah George |

Dispatch

This Is Why You Can't Have Nice Guns

Syria's moderate rebels are brawling among themselves in the streets of Turkey. And these are the people the White House wants to arm?

David Kenner |

Dispatch

Turkey Isn't Abandoning the Kurds

In fact, Ankara is offering them desperately needed medical and humanitarian help -- all as part of its effort to win public support in case the peace process with its own Kurdish insurgents falls apart.

Yusuf Sayman |

Report

The Black-Market Battleground

Degrading and destroying ISIS could take place in the halls of auction houses, not the Pentagon.

Justine Drennan |

Argument

A Blunder Down Under

Australia is trying to combat homegrown terrorism. Sending 800 police officers and a helicopter after suburban wannabes isn’t how to do it.

Waleed Aly |

Dispatch

The One Muslim Country That Loves America Is Developing an Extremist Problem

Kosovars are traveling to the Middle East to fight the same U.S.-led forces that once helped secure their country’s freedom.

Valerie Hopkins |

Report

Blackmail in the Buffer Zone

The U.S. needs Turkey to join the fight against the Islamic State. But Turkey won't do it without dragging the U.S. deeper into Syria's civil war.

Kate Brannen |

Report

Exclusive: Washington Wants NATO Allies to Help Retrain the Iraqi Military

With the Islamic State pulling ever closer to Baghdad, the Obama administration believes rebuilding the shattered Iraqi military could require up to 1,000 foreign trainers from the United States and its top European allies.

Gopal Ratnam |

Report

The Dark Knight Rises

For years Qassem Suleimani has been Iran's secret covert-ops puppet master. Why has he suddenly stepped out of the shadows?

Siobhán O'Grady |

COLUMN

'The Freedom Fight Has Returned to Turkey'

As Kurds head to the front lines to fight the Islamic State, they face a Turkish government attacking them from the rear.

Lauren Bohn |

COLUMN

The Footwear Doctrine

Grand strategy meets Timberlands.

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

Much Ado About the Islamic State

Terrible though they may be, even the worst events of late -- from IS to Ebola -- may not make a lasting imprint on the world. Or your investment portfolio.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

Simon Engler |

Dispatch

What's Stopping Turkey From Saving Kobani?

Ankara can't seem to make up its mind about who's the bigger enemy: the Islamic State or the Kurds.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

The Curious Case of Moazzam Begg

As Britain grapples with what to do about citizens returning from Syria, a prominent terrorism case raises more questions than answers.

Ruth Michaelson |

Report

'No One's Really in Charge' in Hostage Negotiations

Insiders and administration officials tell Foreign Policy that efforts to free Americans held by the Islamic State are uncoordinated, inconsistent, and crippled by bureaucratic infighting.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Wanted: A Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State and Assad

Halting the violent fracturing of the Middle East requires the U.S. and regional states to stop talking past each other.  

Manal Omar |

Dispatch

'Everybody Will Be Responsible if a Massacre Happens'

Kurdish officials say they have been betrayed by the Turkish government, which is preventing them from fighting the Islamic State in besieged Kobani.

David Kenner |

Report

U.S. Options Limited by Lack of Drones Over Syria

With hardware tied up in Afghanistan, the U.S. military is forced to make tough choices.

Kate Brannen |

Report

Has the U.S. Turned Off the Islamic State's Oil Spigot?

Airstrikes seem to have mauled a portion of ISIS's oil operations. That could hamstring its finances -- and its war machine.

Keith Johnson |

Feature

The Women of Kobani

Fleeing the Islamic State militants, they’ve left behind not only their homes in Syria, but their husbands and sons who have stayed to fight.

Andrew Quilty |

Exclusive

Washington's Secret Back-Channel Talks With Syria's Kurdish 'Terrorists'

As the town of Kobani appears poised to fall to the Islamic State, exclusive, previously classified, State Department cables show how U.S. officials tried to both engage and undermine its Kurdish defenders.

Jake Hess |

Report

Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

Many of the weapons the militant group fights with in Iraq and Syria came from the United States.

Julia Harte |

Dispatch

The Last Safe Place

A small clinic in an eastern Turkish city provides Syrians injured in the war with much-needed help. But the facility is quickly running out of cash -- and the doctors who operate it blame the war on the Islamic State for their troubles. 

David Kenner |

Dispatch

In Peril on the Shore

Thousands of people have died this year trying to reach Europe from North Africa’s coasts. But for these would-be migrants, the danger begins long before they take to the sea.

Bel Trew |

Dispatch

'I Am Only Looking Up to Paradise'

The French government doesn't have to worry about Abu Mariam coming home from the jihad in Syria. He wants to go to heaven.

Loubna Mrie |