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Bombs In Baghdad Kill 14, Including Some Shi'ite Pilgrims

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.02.2016 | World

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shi'ite Muslim worshippers conducting ...

Defeating Terrorism Requires Prioritizing Development

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 05.01.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

United States' piecemeal counterterrorism strategy is failing because it prioritizes surveillance and killing individual terrorists over addressing the fundamental social and economic issues that empower and sustain terrorist groups.

Obama Administration's Iraq Plans Thrown Into Doubt After Protestors Storm Parliament

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics

President Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic State is predicated on having a credible and effective Iraqi ally on the ground in Prime Minister Ha...

Brother Of San Bernardino Shooter Among 3 Arrested By FBI

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.28.2016 | Crime

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three people linked to the couple responsible for December's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California were arrested on Thur...

ISIS's Revenues include Sales of Oil to the al-Assad Regime

Anne Speckhard | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

ISIS defectors we have been interviewing in our ISIS Defectors Interview Project have been telling us that one of the many reasons that they became disenchanted with ISIS was that their leaders were directly negotiating and selling oil to their enemy, Bashar al-Assad.

Pentagon: Fewer Foreign Fighters Joining Islamic State

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.26.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria has decreased sharply in the past yea...

After Brussels: The Blame Game

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By David Wemer As Europe reels from the horrific attacks in Brussels, politicians and commentators have struggled to find a unified voice in response...

Obama Ramps Up Special Forces Mission In Syria Against ISIS

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics

HANOVER, Germany, April 25 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil...

Obama Flies to Riyadh: Are U.S.--Saudi Ties Too Big to Fail?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama leaves Washington today for his third and final presidential "hajj" to Saudi Arabia for tense meetings with newly installed Saudi King Salman.

Pope Francis, Upholding the Interfaith Heritage of Cordoba Can Be a Victory for Peace

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 04.14.2016 | Religion
Luay Al Khatteeb

In the aftermath of the atrocities in Paris and Brussels, and the daily outrages against humanity in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, it is easy to forget the religious tolerance is under siege from a tiny minority of extremists.

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...

Should America Be Focusing On ISIS When North Korea Poses an Existential Threat?

The Conversation US | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
The Conversation US

To many Americans, then, North Korea seems an appalling place. But they regard it as distant, backward and relatively harmless. They are wrong.

Identifying the Threat: What Senior Officials Still Don't Understand

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Terroristic behavior will not stop in the near future. Now, we need to reset the stage and move to a strategic approach to identifying and resolving the problems. Whack-a-mole is not working.

Turkey On High Alert As U.S. Warns About 'Credible Threats' To Tourists

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.09.2016 | World

ISTANBUL, April 9 (Reuters) - Turkish police carried out a controlled explosion of a bag left in Istanbul's popular Taksim square on Saturday, a Reute...

One-Third Of Iraqis Believe America Supports Terrorism

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics

Nearly 1 in 3 Iraqis believe that America supports terrorism overseas. It's just one of a handful of damning poll numbers showing waning United States...

What Went Wrong in Turkey?

Aydoğan Vatandaş | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Aydoğan Vatandaş

This initial high performance had created a certain level of trust towards Erdogan's rule among the liberal intellectuals of Turkey, assuming that, by time, the Justice and Development Party would get rid of the nondemocratic aspects of the Turkish governmental system.

Radical Christian Terrorists

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Terrorism has been described generally as the use of violence, or the threat of violence, to accomplish a political, religious, or ideological purpose...

Suicide Attacks, Shelling Across Iraq Claim More Than 20 Lives

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 04.04.2016 | World

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 25 people were killed on Monday across Iraq, most of them in suicide attacks targeting members of Shi'ite militias and milit...

In 'Sign Of Hope,' Bombed Brussels Airport To Reopen Sunday

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.02.2016 | World

BRUSSELS, April 2 (Reuters) - Brussels Airport will partially reopen for passengers on Sunday, 12 days after suicide bombers destroyed its departure h...

Genocide Proceeds Against Christians and other Mideast Religious Minorities

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.02.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians and other persecuted faiths is one of the great tragedies of our age. The Knights/IDC report helps bring the Islamic State's many crimes to life. There is no panacea, no easy solution to the ongoing conflict. But Americans can act even when their government cannot.

Death Toll From East Damascus Air Strikes Rises To More Than 30

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | World

BEIRUT, April 1 (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus has risen to more than 30, mostly wom...

This Artist Is Using 3D Printers To Revive Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts

Since 2014, the self-described Islamic State has been engaged in a systematic campaign of cultural cleansing around Syria and the Levant. As a result,...

Are Western 'Victories' Against the Islamic State Really That Significant?

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.27.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

Even if the Islamic state is removed from most towns and cities -- such as Mosul in Iraq and its capital of Raqqa in Syria -- the group likely will then fight strictly as a guerrilla force, requiring years to completely eradicate.

Officials: Islamic State Dealt Hefty Body Blow With Death Of Top Aide

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.26.2016 | World

BAGHDAD, March 26 (Reuters) - Islamic State will struggle to recover from the death of a top aide, reported this week in a U.S. air strike, whose over...

Europe's Cycle of Terrorism and Islamophobia

Jamil Jivani | Posted 03.26.2016 | Politics
Jamil Jivani

At this political crossroads Belgium has an opportunity to change its image from being the "jihadi capital"of Europe to Europe's capital of social and economic integration.