Terrorism

Dispatch

Barbarians at the Gates of Baghdad

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

Susannah George |

COLUMN

Terrorists Among Us

Americans have good reason to be afraid of another attack on U.S. soil -- only it's not going to come from the Islamic State.

Micah Zenko |

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 |

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

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

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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Simon Engler |

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

Fiddling While Kobani Burns

Turkey is talking tough about the Islamic State. But it’s still not ready for war.

Steven A. Cook |

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

'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 |

Dispatch

Too Many, Too Late

Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels have been begging for U.S. airstrikes for years. Now that the bombs are falling, they wish Washington would send its planes back home.

David Kenner |

COLUMN

The Shape-Shifting Coalition

America's allies in the fight against the Islamic State may seem willing now. But what happens when they want to start bombing Assad?

Micah Zenko |

Report

Rebel Yell

Syrian opposition forces, Obama's key to defeating the Islamic State, say the Pentagon isn't consulting them on airstrikes.

Shane Harris |

Report

'We're Not Sure Their Capabilities Match Their Desire'

Is the Khorasan Group as dangerous as the White House is making it out to be?

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Americanasaurus and the March to War in Syria

The 6 fictions we have to stop telling ourselves about Obama, the Islamic State, and what the United States can and can't do to save Iraq and Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Leave It to the League

The Saudis, Qataris, and others are stepping into the fight against Islamic State. Now it's time for them to take the lead.

Bryan R. Gibson |

Argument

The Arab War on Terror

Obama's Middle East allies are signing up for the fight against the Islamic State. But it's not for the reason you think.

James Traub |

Dispatch

'They Made Us Take the Seat of Death'

Meet a man executed by the Islamic State -- who survived.

Lauren Bohn |

Report

The Terror Down Under

The Islamic State is threatening to attack the U.S. and Britain. But thousands of miles away from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, Australia is the first to find itself on the front lines of the newest terror war.   

Siobhán O'Grady |

COLUMN

Mission Improbable

When it comes to fighting terror, America’s leaders have offered nothing but wildly unrealistic strategies destined to fail. And Obama's plan to defeat the Islamic State is no different.

Micah Zenko |

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

COLUMN

The Blood Brothers of Anbar

Meet Omar: A 43-year-old, well-educated hospital director in Fallujah. Does Iraq have any hope for reconciliation if men like this support the Islamic State?

Lauren Bohn |

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

The Mouse That Roars

Tiny Jordan's spies have helped the United States hunt down some of its most dangerous enemies. Now Obama is hoping those spooks can beat the Islamic State.

Shane Harris |

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 |