Middle East Leaders at UN on Extremism

Top leaders from across the Middle East expressed their support for efforts to confront terrorism, in their addresses to the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly. They emphasized the need for international cooperation and partnerships to defeat the urgent threat to international peace and security. Some called for addressing the roots of terrorism and circumstances that contribute to the promotion of radical ideologies. But the leaders also stressed that terrorism is not associated with any religion, highlighting Islam’s tolerance and moderation.

Vilification of Saudi Arabia Serves No Good Purpose

The vilification of Saudi Arabia has become a fashionable but highly risky game in Washington today.  Congress has passed overwhelmingly a bill that would lift Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity to allow 9/11 families to sue its government for its alleged support of the worst terrorist attack ever inside the United States.

Airstrike Trends: August 2016

In August, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – conducted 24 percent fewer airstrikes in Iraq and Syria compared to July. The airstrikes totaled 273 in Syria and 251 in Iraq.

After Mosul: Rethinking Iraq

Four experts offered analysis on the possibilities for and challenges to stability in an ISIS-liberated Mosul, Iraq.

Russia’s Оther Pipeline: Migration and Radicalization in the North Caucasus

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Interior Ministry members stand guard as Muslims attend an Eid al-Adha mass prayer in Moscow October 4, 2014. (Reuters)


Airstrike Trends: July 2016

In July, the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – conducted more airstrikes in Syria than in Iraq for the first time since January 2015. The airstrikes totaled 359 in Syria and 331 in Iraq. Since the campaign began in August 2014, the U.S.-led coalition has conducted a total of 14,210 airstrikes, including 9,474 in Iraq and 4.736 in Syria.

Troubling Trendlines

Earlier this month, after ISIS claimed responsibility for a brazen and bloody assault on a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, analysts pointed to the attack as more proof of the group’s geographically expanding reign of terror.

The New Normal in the Middle East

The war against ISIS as a proto-state controlling and governing territory is showing signs of progress, although the appeal of the Islamic State ideology and its capacity to inspire acts of terror appear undiminished.

US Officials: Latest on Fight Against ISIS

On July 21, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk described progress in the fight by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh. Kerry said that driving ISIS from its territory in Iraq and Syria “will mark a critical turning point” in the campaign, but acknowledged that ISIS will continue to pose a threat through its global network. The following are excerpts of their remarks.

Airstrike Trends: June 2016

In June, U.S. and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – declined slightly in Iraq compared to the previous month. But airstrikes in Syria doubled, jumping from 177 in May to 358 in June.