The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?
The Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga, and Sunni tribesmen battling the militants will get some of the weapons they've long asked for.
After months of acrimony, Baghdad and Erbil are taking steps to sort out the oil-fueled dispute that threatened to tear Iraq to pieces.
After watching ISIS roll over Iraqi security forces this summer, stealing equipment the U.S. provided, Congress has been hesitant to sell Baghdad more.
The Defense Department's response time to the Ebola crisis and ISIS fight -- and the money to pay for such operations -- is being severely limited by the lengthy legislative process and the brewing budget war in Congress.
The United States and its allies are ramping up efforts to strangle the terrorist group's main source of income, though it's still unclear just how much oil the Islamic State pumps and sells.
With the Islamic State on their doorstep, Kurdish leaders have scaled back their once grandiose ambitions to focus on ensuring the survival of their enclave.
From Russia to China to the United States, from hubris to ultimatums to power plays, the good, the bad, and the ugly of (recent) world politics.
Dropping bombs isn't the only way to advance American interests abroad.
The fight against the Islamic State is forcing the Pentagon to rethink its plans for the future of warfare.
Former Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qader Obeidi sits down with Foreign Policy to discuss the challenges of rebuilding the Iraqi army and the need for U.S. assistance.
U.S. firepower alone can't defeat the Islamic State. It needs to work with Iran, whether it likes it or not.
Only ideologues and the ignorant don't understand that Obama's letter to Khamenei is just pragmatic politics.
Meet Hadi al-Amiri, the unabashedly pro-Iranian leader of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite militia. His bloodthirsty fighters might be Baghdad's best hope of stopping the Islamic State.
Defeating the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria may not be enough to prevent the Islamic State from replacing al Qaeda as the world's most dangerous militant group.
The U.S. military takes out terrorist leaders around the world, but it's been unable to cut the head off of the Islamic State.
The world’s attention may have moved on, but there are thousands of beleaguered Yazidis still stuck in the wilderness, surrounded by the Islamic State.
Marauding pro-government militias are using the fight against the Islamic State as a pretext to destroy Sunni Arab communities across the country.
President Obama’s point man in the fight against the Islamic State faces a ruthless foe. But his detractors at home -- even in the Pentagon -- may be his biggest enemy.
In a region now crowded with failed states, a murderous terrorist group has gained a foothold, changing the power dynamics and the United States needs to pay attention.
The Iraqi Army claims that Baghdad is secure. But in Abu Ghraib, just 40 minutes away, the Islamic State’s presence can be felt everywhere.
The refugees who once captured the world's attention now sit outside the spotlight, wondering how they will survive the winter.
Obama's small war means big profits -- and little oversight -- for defense contractors and hired guns.
The Islamic State is raising an army of child soldiers, and the West could be fighting them for generations to come.
The Islamic State and Ebola are the crises du jour, but a host of other persistent threats to national security are no less pressing. And combatting them will require unity of effort.
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.
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.
How long can Iraq’s besieged forces hold out against the Islamic State?