Regions / Syria
War inevitably spawns refugees.
The Islamic State remains a puzzle to U.S. policymakers and analysts.
Turkey's offering Washington a fig leaf of cooperation against the Islamic State, but it's turning all its firepower against the most effective anti-ISIS fighters in the region — the Kurds.
Last year it was reported that the Islamic State captured Syrian fighter planes.
The Islamic State isn’t going anywhere soon.
Historic sites serve every purpose to the Islamic State except actual preservation of cultural heritage.
Or, to put it another way, the Islamic State succeeds because it breaks all the rules of insurgency.
There may be a responsible way to fight the Islamic State, but the U.S. will have to leave its boots in the closet and the drones in the hangar.
Under the guise of fighting ISIS, Turkey's president is re-igniting a bloody war with the Kurds for his own political purposes.
In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East's largest stateless minority like pawns. That's a huge mistake.