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When Water Becomes A Weapon Of War

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 01.30.2017 | World
Sanjay Wijesekera

For children living in warzones, a 'normal childhood' does not exist. Journeys to school, the safety of home, and even friends and family, slowly disa...

Taking The Fight To ISIS From The Homeland

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Ohio State University Islamic terrorist Abdul Razak Ali Artan is the latest so-called "lone wolf" radical Islamic terrorists to strike the homeland. ...

U.S.-Backed Rebels Launch Operation Against ISIS In Raqqa

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.06.2016 | World

AIN ISSA, Syria, Nov 6 (Reuters) - U.S.-backed rebels said on Sunday they were launching an operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto...

The Battles for Dabiq & Mosul: Not the Beginning of the End of ISIS, but the End of Its Beginning

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.18.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Two critical battles are being fought against ISIS this week: the first, in Syria by a combined force of Turkish military and so-called Turkish-backe...

Syria's 'Surrogates R Us'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

One day a surrogate force is on one side, the next day, on the other - depending on the highest bidder and the gravest threat to their proxy hosts.

The Hard Truth About ISIL And Terrorism

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.12.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether we like it or not, the Islamic State will continue to survive and international terrorism will continue to be utilized by fanatical, ideological, or extremist individuals who believe it is effective to get a political point across.

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...

The Battle for Mosul and the Future of Islamic State

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 03.28.2017 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Islamic State Militants in Anbar Province On March 24, the Baghdad government announced that it was commencing military operations to retake the cit...

The Crowded Syrian Battlefield: Is a Turkish Invasion Next?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.22.2017 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Amidst these multi-pronged, often overlapping and sometimes directly clashing campaigns, there has been mounting evidence that Turkish military forces may be readying a ground offensive into Syria.

Falling Oil Prices Threaten a Key Ally in Fight Against ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Falling oil prices, combined with the costs of war and of housing refugees, is threatening the Kurdish Peshmerga's ability to fight ISIS.

Naji Jerf, Syrian Journalist And Anti-ISIS Activist, Killed In Turkey

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.28.2015 | World

Syrian documentary filmmaker and journalist Naji Jerf was killed in Turkey on Sunday, according to local media and a statement from the Committee to P...

Anti-ISIS Group Says 1 Of Its Journalists Killed In Syria

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.12.2017 | Media

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian media activist group that reports on Islamic State group activities says that one of its journalists has been assassinated in...

MSF Doctor: Life Under ISIS Was Terrifying

Doctors Without Borders | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.16.2015 | World

Dr. Marwan [name changed to protect anonymity] worked with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Tal Abyad, northern Syria. However, after refusing a job o...

The Lure of Becoming a Bride of ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

SIS in its call to the Caliphate is also offering a new world order in which the current geo-political conflicts will, according to ISIS, be resolved with everyone ultimately living as Muslim in a utopian life governed by Islamic ideals--heady stuff for the young who are disheartened by real injustices in the world and still believe in the possibility of utopias.

ISIS Wives Recount Terrible Reality Of Life In Raqqa

The New York Times | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
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SOUTHERN TURKEY — Dua had only been working for two months with the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female morality police of the Islamic State, when her f...

Syrian Journalists Risk Death Covering Life Under Airstrikes And ISIS Occupation

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.18.2015 | Media

NEW YORK -- TV anchors and correspondents have flooded Paris in the last few days, but journalists are nowhere to be seen on the streets of Raqqa, Syr...

Francois Hollande's 9/11 Moment

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.18.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

There should be no question in anyone's mind that the Paris attacks last weekend have forced the entire country and the nation's leaders to reassess the scope of the terrorism problem, the absolute terror and brutalization that the Islamic State represents, and France's role in countering international terrorism more broadly.

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

Belgian Suspected Of Plotting Paris Attacks Was A Target Of Airstrikes In Syria

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

PARIS — The Belgian man suspected of being the plotter of the Paris terrorist attacks was a target of Western airstrikes on the Islamic State strong...

Yazidis Worry About Family Held By ISIS After French Airstrikes

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.17.2015 | World

QADIYA, Iraq -- As a Yazidi woman watched reports from northern Iraq on Monday about France's airstrikes on the Islamic State's headquarters, she chee...

France Bombs ISIS Headquarters In Syria

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

French warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks in Paris...

Turning Point: Coordinated Operations in the War on ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Janet Ritz

Coordinated military offensives against ISIS have begun in the Middle East. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga, with Special Ops and Coalition support, have begun an attack on an ISIS held city that controls an ISIS supply road.

Islamic State Leaders Boasted About Russian Jet Crash, U.S. Officials Say

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Communications between Islamic State leaders in Raqqa, Syria, and persons in the Sinai Peninsula included boasts about t...

ISIS Beheads Two Syrian Activists Who Documented Terror Group's Crimes

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.30.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Syrian activists Ibrahim Abdul Qader and Fares Hamadi were lucky enough to escape the Islamic State’s wrath in the besieged city of Raqq...

Turkey Is Finally Doing Something Useful in the Fight Against ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Before the United States dispatched its F-15's and F-16's over the skies of Iraq and Syria last fall, the administration worked furiously behind the scenes to assemble an anti-ISIL coalition that would prove durable.