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spain

The horrific series of events in Barcelona is yet another macabre example of what is starting to feel like Europe’s new normal. This is the...
qatar

President Trump reminds me of Winston Churchill’s quip about the Germans: He’s either at your throat or at your feet. During his trip to Saudi Arabia...
Syria

In the search for effective proxies in Syria, the U.S. has found the Kurdish YPG militia to be the best bet. It may be the...
islah

In 2011, Yemeni political opposition activist Tawakkol Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee made clear that they had ulterior motives bestowing such...
sunni

As representatives of 68 countries participating in the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) meet in Washington, a number of plans...
Terrorism

President Obama had a few good points to make in his valedictory counter-terrorism speech, delivered at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Tuesday. This passage,...
terrorism

President Obama refuses to refer to a “global war on terror” as his predecessor did, or to a war on “radical Islam” as his successor...
Terrorism

What a Ramadan it's been. Orlando: 49 dead. Istanbul: 44 dead. Dhaka: 22 dead. Baghdad: 220 dead. Various locations around Saudi Arabia: 7 dead. All of...
terrorists

The death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a U.S. drone strike, has led to premature triumphalism on the part of the administration and...
terrorists

Yemen doesn't get nearly as much attention as other battlefields in the war on terror, but there is an important struggle going on there with...
counter insurgency

After the Brussels attack by ISIS, I argued that a fire-and-sword approach to counterinsurgency doesn't usually work. New York Times correspondent Andrew Kramer begs to...
Iran

Moral equivalence is alive and well at Politico. Author and former New York Times journalist Stephen Kinzer, who has gone off the conspiratorial deep-end before...