Regions / Iraq
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.
The United States has tacit, if not official, congressional approval for its war on the Islamic State.
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.
Exciting news for the Islamic world, but may make Islamist extremists feel all the more justified in promulgating their unreconstructed brand of Islam.
The Islamic State has two advantages over the chaotic violence of Iraq and the murderous Assad regime in Syria: services and justice.
Those expecting the Iran nuclear deal to lead to regional security cooperation between the United States and Iran may be disappointed.
The unfolding intervention against the Islamic State shows that oil doesn't just guide U.S. foreign policy. It constrains our ways of thinking about it.