Islamic State

Infiltrating the West: Europe’s “Open Door” Refugee Policy and the Threat of Terrorism

EUFlag, cc Flickr Oona Räisänen

There is an important security element to the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe.

The Ba’athist Roots of Islamic State

Iraq Deck, cc Flcirk Nelson Pavlosky,

It’s not religious fervor that makes Islamic State such a formidable foe on the battlefield.

Egypt’s Sinai Providing Fertile Ground for Islamic State Expansion

Egyptian Army, CC US Air Force

The recent kidnapping and murder of a Croatian foreign worker has propelled Egypt’s Sinai Province into the media spotlight. But this Islamic State franchise has been a growing threat for a long time, and unless the Egyptian army changes its tactics the situation will only get worse.

Is Islamic State a State?


Islamic State is certainly different from many of the terrorist groups that preceded it. But is it actually a state?

New Regional Alliances Emerge in the Fight against Islamic State

cc Flickr Ronnie Macdonald

The dynamic in the Middle East is changing. Recent events have pushed Turkey towards a more activist position against Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdish forces, which is shaping the response of other regional players, and leading to new alliances that will impact the future of Syria, Iraq, and the wider region.

Tunisia’s Terrorism Problem Goes Beyond Islamic State

Tunisia Flag, cc Flickr Nicolas Raymond

One must look beyond Islamic State for the real causes of radicalization in Tunisia. Only then will we have the proper tools to stomp out terrorism.

Islamic State Has Assad, Geopolitics to Thank for Its Survival

AssadSpeech, cc Flickr Tjebbe van Tijen

It is not the fear of Islamic State nor the desire to eliminate it that defines the strategies of the main players in the Middle East. Rather it is the fear of how the balance of power will shift after ISIS is eliminated.

A New Islamic State Front in the Sahara

Haftar, cc Flickr Magharebia

Islamic State is taking advantage of Toureg and Toubou clashes in southern Libya as another UN-mediated attempt at national unity unravels.

Analysis: Belmokhtar’s Death a Boost for Islamic State in Libya

Belmokhtar, cc thierry ehrmann flickr

If Mokhtar Belmokhtar is confirmed to have been killed by a US airstrike over the weekend, it would remove an obstacle keeping the al-Mourabitoun from pledging its allegiance to Islamic State.

US Can Only Watch as Disaster Looms in Ramadi

US Marine, cc Flickr DVIDSHUB,

The US policy to contain Islamic State’s advance in Iraq has failed. Now Washington must stand by and watch as Baghdad fails even harder.

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