Syria

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 |

COLUMN

Do No (More) Harm

Every time the U.S. touches the Middle East, it makes things worse. It's time to walk away and not look back.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Zawahiri's Revenge

Why al Qaeda, not the Islamic State, is still the most dangerous terrorist organization on Earth.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Argument

Too Big to Fall

Aleppo was the Syrian rebels’ first big prize. If Assad retakes it, is the war as good as over?

Hassan Hassan |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Report

The Islamic State Is the Newest Petrostate

The Islamic State, the world's richest terror group, is reaping millions of dollars a day from selling stolen oil to shady businessmen across the Middle East.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

A Foothold on the Euphrates, a Boot Heel on the Tigris

Before ISIS stomped Mosul and turned Iraq upside down, it slowly crushed its enemies to death in Raqqa.

Hania Mourtada |

Argument

Operation Lifeline Syria

Why the international community could be on the cusp of a humanitarian breakthrough in the Syrian conflict.

Madeleine Albright |