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.

Timeline: the Rise, Spread and Fall of the Islamic State

Updated June 1, 2018

The Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh – emerged from the remnants of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), a local offshoot of al Qaeda founded by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in 2004. It faded into obscurity for several years after the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007. But it began to reemerge in 2011. Over the next few years, it took advantage of growing instability in Iraq and Syria to carry out attacks and bolster its ranks.

How to Keep the Bangladesh Powder Keg from Exploding

On the evening of July 1, seven young men, heavily armed with guns, bombs and machetes, stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery café in Gulshan, an affluent neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They held several dozen people hostage, many of them foreigners, and sought to separate out, and spare, the Muslims among them. Unlucky hostages were hacked to death.

Why ISIS Would Be Motivated To Strike Inside Turkey

Dozens of people were killed during an attack on Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday. Director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program Henri Barkey discusses the Istanbul attacks with Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition

"ISIS is trying to use the tension that exists between the United States and the Turkish government about the use of Syrian Kurds in fighting ISIS."