The group is bigger now than when it founded its self-styled caliphate, and America’s conflict with Iran is only making the fight against it more complicated.
Tehran’s immediate retaliation for Qassem Soleimani’s killing could be an opportunity for both sides to de-escalate. Will Trump take it?
The U.S. attack against the top Iranian general will have far greater repercussions than the killings of al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders.
The group has lost its territory and its leader. But it has survived before—and can do it again.
The instincts and strategy attributed to the ISIS leader illustrate why his terror group is likely to survive his death.
A prominent Syrian-Kurdish leader, in an interview, says both America and its allies are now in a weaker position in the region after Donald Trump’s sudden military pullout.
Over the course of the long civil war, Syrians who cast their lot with America have often met with grim fates. Those who remain are suddenly scrambling to escape.
The chaotic withdrawal from Syria will severely weaken U.S. efforts in the country—and could also be a boost for Russia and Iran.
As Donald Trump seized on fears of refugees and ISIS in his rise to the presidency, the battle to take down Mosul, the group’s crown jewel in Iraq, was just beginning. This is what those moments felt like.
The U.S.-backed soldiers who battled ISIS across Syria and Iraq could be locked in the struggle for a very long time.
America had the chance to help its local partners ensure ISIS’s lasting defeat. Instead it’s abandoning them.
American officials classify too much information, from the trivial to the politically inconvenient. The overreliance on secrecy invites abuse.
Trump has long worried that America’s intelligence professionals would try to undermine him from the shadows. All they had to do was play by the rules.
Trump’s push to get Ukraine’s new president to do his political bidding threatens to undermine a key U.S. partnership in countering Russia.
As the country learned this week, authorities have too much power to decide the fate of whistle-blower claims, especially when they involve the intelligence community.
China’s spies are waging an intensifying espionage offensive against the United States. Does America have what it takes to stop them?
A growing chorus of voices is calling for the U.S. government to treat the threat from white-nationalist terrorists like the threat from Islamist extremists. The fight against ISIS offers some lessons—but also a cautionary tale on U.S. failures to combat an ideology.
Talking about retrenchment can start to sound a lot like Trump.
Any number of relatively mundane scenarios now have the potential to escalate U.S.-Iran tensions—from a fire at a militia base to the seizure of an oil tanker to the signal-jamming of a drone.
Biden’s message may be tilted toward the future, but its overarching theme will be the reclamation of past glories squandered by the present president.