Regions / Syria
Washington may still be wedded to thinking of the Islamic State as a second-rate threat that only needs tactics, not a strategy, to defeat it.
In the post-Cold War era, the right and even some on the left are playing a new game of "Who's your favorite dictator?"
Intervention may not be the answer, but the damage that the Islamic State wreaks on the regions it rules requires immediate action.
The Islamic State is less a product of Islamist extremism than the legacy of Saddam Hussein.
Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon.
For those who doubt mainstream Islam’s commitment to stopping extremists, this is for you.
ISIS may be more famous for cutting off heads, but it's Washington that's learning the hard way not to slash first and ask questions later.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may not be as close to the brink as reported.
Except that in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s world both sides of the sword are death dealing.
Reading the tea leaves to determine whether Al Qaeda or the Islamic State will lead the Islamist extremist world.