How Syria's civil war crept into the heart of Baghdad -- then went boom.
Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.
The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.
The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.
Obama’s “limited” strikes are just the prelude to massive intervention in the Middle East. And Congress shouldn’t fall for it.
Why Obama should bomb Assad the way Clinton bombed Saddam.
The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.
Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?
How al Qaeda broke hundreds of bad guys out of the world’s most notorious jail -- and what it means for America.
A guide to the most critical readings on Afghanistan, Pakistan, al-Qaeda, and U.S. counterterrorism.
Russia's our No. 1 enemy -- and Snowden's just the tip of the iceberg.
Why America will be paying for decades for a foreign policy based on fear.
No, America hasn't "lost" Iraq. But a dangerous realpolitik is the new normal in Baghdad.
Will embracing the Kurds make Turkey's prime minister the country's most influential figure since Ataturk?
Al Qaeda makes it official: The terror group is trying to extend its medieval rule from Baghdad to Damascus.
From the Arab Spring, to Syria, to Iran, to the peace process, President Barack Obama's actions have yet to live up to his high-flying rhetoric.
Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.
The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?
And its destruction will define the Middle East for years to come.
Ten years after the Iraq war, almost everything in this country -- from security to its place in the region -- is still in play.
A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?