Iraq

Argument

The Peacock Angel and the Pythagorean Theorem

A thousand years ago, Yazidis and tiny pagan sects flourished under the caliphate. But the days of the tolerant Islamic state are over.

Gerard Russell |

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 |

Slide Show

Stranded on Mount Sinjar

The Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, are marooned and starving on a mountain in Kurdistan. Now, the United States is trying to save them from the murderous hands of the Islamic State.

FP Staff |

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 |

Dispatch

The End of Days for Iraq's Christians

In the lands of the Old Testament, an endangered religious minority is being wiped out by the brutal Islamic State.

Sophie Cousins |

Argument

Zawahiri's Revenge

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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross |

Report

Fight Over Kurdish Oil Spreads to Texas Court

The dispute between Baghdad and Erbil over Iraqi Kurdistan's oil exports has steadily ratcheted up this year. Now they are fighting in court over $100 million of oil anchored outside of Houston.

Keith Johnson |

COLUMN

What Would Nietzsche Do?

After more than a decade of high-cost, low-return investments in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, American support for intervention abroad is waning, drastically. It's time for a little nihilism in America.

Whitney Kassel |

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 |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Simon Engler |

Argument

Six Lessons America Seems Thoroughly Incapable of Learning

Why the Obama administration keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

Rosa Brooks |

Report

Revenge of the Kurds II

Can the Kurds prevent Maliki from sabotaging the country's oil infrastructure?

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

The Resurrection of Ahmad Chalabi

The man who helped convince the United States to invade Iraq has spent the last decade in the political wilderness. But now, with his country in chaos, he could be its next leader.

Jane Arraf |

Argument

People Power

The United States has the blueprint for a smarter way to make peace. Now it has to use it.

Christopher Holshek |

COLUMN

@ISIS Is #Winning

Why is a barbaric medieval caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?

Kori Schake |

Argument

The Fractured Caliphate

Iraq’s Sunnis turned against radical jihadists once. Will they do so again?

Robert S. Ford |

Argument

Saudi Arabia's Family Feud

Facing threats from all directions, King Abdullah moves to get his foreign-policy team in place -- and quell infighting within the royal family.

Simon Henderson |

COLUMN

Doing Nothing Is Now out of the Question

Obama may finally have changed his calculus on Syria -- but is his plan for the U.S. to train rebels two years too late?

James Traub |