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  • Originally published 02/27/2015

    Empowering Jihad: The Deadly Myth of a 'Root Cause'

    Blaming Islamist horrors on poverty only obscures the true problem: Jihadists are driven by an ideology — one that yearns to "restore" a mythical caliphate, one governed by the most austere version of Sharia law.

  • Originally published 12/12/2014

    An Arab Prince Denounces Islamism

    The crown prince of Bahrain (an island kingdom in the Persian Gulf and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet), candidly analyzed the Islamist enemy and suggested important ways to fight it.

  • Originally published 11/28/2014

    ISIS destroying sites in Salah-ad-Din Province

    Until the past week, there were few reports of the destruction of antiquities and cultural heritage sites, possibly because ISIS forces were hard pressed on multiple fronts.

  • Originally published 10/29/2014


  • Originally published 10/17/2014

    Selective Memory and the CIA

    "Talk about politicized intelligence. At least that’s what it would be called if the president in office were a Republican."

  • Originally published 10/02/2014

    How Not To Understand ISIS

    Sensationalist accounts of “shari‘a justice” notwithstanding, we do not have much information about how ISIS administers the lives of millions of people who reside in the territories it now controls.

  • Originally published 10/01/2014

    ISIS selling Iraq’s artifacts in black market

    Speaking at a conference at the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO in Paris, France's ambassador to UNESCO Philippe Lalliot warned that Iraq’s cultural heritage is in “great danger.”

  • Originally published 09/23/2014

    Shock & Awe In Syria: It never Works

    "The US belief in air power is touching, but in fact no conflict has ever been quickly brought to an end where US planes have been involved."

  • Originally published 09/23/2014

    The Vietnamization of the War on ISIS?

    The comparison may be unfair, but it is also inevitable when one reads that “the U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory.”

  • Originally published 09/02/2014

    How America Made ISIS

    The American record in these last 13 years is a shameful one. Do it again should not be an option.

  • Originally published 08/25/2014

    The Caliphate Brings Trauma

    "Declaring the caliphate on June 29 was a major event; and the caliphate is an institution whose time has long passed and, therefore, whose revival bodes much trauma."

  • Originally published 08/08/2014

    It's Deja Vu All Over Again in Iraq

    Obama’s hope that the so-called “Islamic State” can be stopped by US air power is likely forlorn. The IS is a guerrilla force, not a conventional army.

  • Originally published 07/03/2014

    The Caliphate Fantasy

    "The problem with this new caliphate is that it is ahistorical, to say the least."

  • Originally published 07/02/2014

    The Acute Danger of Iraqi Dams

    It's been apparent at least since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest, could spell devastation for Iraq due to a combination of faulty construction, governmental indifference, and an ongoing civil insurrrection.

  • Originally published 07/02/2014

    Iraq Must Not Come Apart

    Such a rupture would ignite terrible slaughter inside the country and unsettle the Middle East as a whole.

  • Originally published 06/24/2014

    Fixing the world after Iraq

    How shall we effectively improve our chances for surviving and prospering on this endangered planet?

  • Originally published 06/19/2014

    Deconstructing The Iraq And Syria Conflicts

    The current escalating sectarian violence between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces and the unending civil war in Syria are now intertwined and neither can be resolved without the other, which requires a dramatic change in the political and military landscape in Syria and Iraq.

  • Originally published 06/18/2014

    Turkish Support for ISIS

    The Turks offered far more than an easy border crossing: they provided the bulk of ISIS' funds, logistics, training and arms.

  • Originally published 06/18/2014

    The Hour of ISIS Power: How Did It Come To This?

    No longer merely a terrorist organization, it has now formed a renegade military theocracy and is in the process of creating a new Sunni territorial state in the Middle East.

  • Originally published 06/17/2014

    7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

    Already in the past week and a half, many assertions are becoming commonplace in the inside-the-Beltway echo chamber about Iraq’s current crisis that are poorly grounded in knowledge of the country.

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