Islamic State

How Many Euro-Jihadists Are Really in Syria?

Mohammed Emwazi, or

The number of European jihadists operating in Syria has been dramatically underestimated.

Baathism May Be Dead But Its Essence Lives On in Islamic State

Fall of Saddam, cc Flickr, Amir Farshad Ebrahimi

Baathism may be dead in Iraq and endangered in Syria, but its tools and beliefs live on inside the Islamic State.

Backgrounder: Islamic State’s Global Operations and Affiliates


This backgrounder examines the growing network of official and unofficial Islamic State affiliates around the world.

Map: Syrian Civil War (04-08-2015)


Recent movements, attacks, and territory shifts in the Syrian civil war.

The Islamic State’s Theater of the Grotesque

Islamic State Video, screencap

We are all invited to the theater of the grotesque.

Saudi Arabia Jumps Headfirst into the Yemeni Civil War

cc Flickr, DVIDSHUB, modified,

Saudi Arabia has intervened against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, and in doing so opened up a new proxy front between the bitter regional rivals.

The West Must Help Tunisia before It’s Too Late

A bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius at the Bardo Museum. cc Flickr, Richard Mortel, modified,

Though not necessarily through military means…

Cheap Oil and Political Risk: Islamic State and Iraq

al-Abadi and John Kerry, cc US State Department

In this series, analyzes political fallout from the global plunge in oil prices. Part four focuses on Islamic State and Iraq.

Analysis: Iraqi Forces Advance on Tikrit

Iraqi Checkpoint Station, cc Iraqi Checkpoint Station, cc Michael Larson

There are two takeaways for US policymakers from the Iraqi army’s advance towards Tikrit. One is encouraging, and the other is not.

“Jihadi John” & the Threat of Radicalization in Southeast Asia

The case of “Jihadi John” shows that the threat of radicalization is a global one.

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