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A Glossary of Islamic State Propaganda Euphemisms

As U.S. bombs fell in Syria for the first time last night, the “official spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham” reportedly released a far-ranging 11-page message to its fighters, American opponents, and Muslims worldwide. It makes a tough read, unless you’ve got a glossary handy.Read more…

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Syria

The Pentagon has announced that the United States and five unnamed Arab nations have begun joint airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria. Read more…

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White House Battles ISIS Victim’s Family

New allegations are being traded in an increasingly nasty fight about who really handed over Steven Sotloff to ISIS—and whether the president’s plan for Syria makes any sense.

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Daily Beast Reporter Was For Illegal Iraq War Before He Was Against It

Reporters and pundits have noted how the new U.S. Iraq operation lacks much legal pretext, both internationally and domestically, for several weeks now. Which means it was time for crack reporter Eli Lake to write something up, too. With an extra heaping of hypocrisy.Read more…

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You Can’t Not Have a Ground War in Iraq

Did you hear Barack Obama say last week that the U.S. would “not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq”? You may think that precludes U.S. foot troops from potentially leading Kurds and Iraqis in direct combat with Islamic State fighters. Don’t think that.Read more…

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Syria’s Young Victims of Sexual Violence

Syrian women and girls are facing increased danger from sexual exploitation in the very refugee camps where they sought safety.

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The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War

Syrian women and girls are facing increased danger from sexual exploitation in the very refugee camps where they sought safety.

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US Attack on ISIS Could Break Int’l Law

President Obama is pretty sure he has the domestic legal authority to strike Syria. But he has no explanation yet for why such a strike would comport with international law.

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Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

President Obama is pretty sure he has the domestic legal authority to strike Syria, but he has no explanation yet for why such a strike would pass the global test.

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Obama Declares Perpetual War

President Barack Obama escalated the drone war he has conducted for the past five and a half years by declaring his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or ISIL. Since August 8, Obama has mounted at least 154 airstrikes in Iraq. He will send 475 additional US troops, increasing the total number in Iraq to about 1,600. Obama announced he would conduct “a systematic campaign of airstrikes” in Iraq, and possibly in Syria. But, not limiting himself to those countries, Obama declared the whole world his battlefield.

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Three architects of the failed Iraq War strategy have written up a strategy to defeat ISIS that “wil

Three architects of the failed Iraq War strategy have written up a strategy to defeat ISIS that “will require as many as 25,000 ground troops in Iraq and Syria.” Sadly, the document doesn’t say “PEW-PEW PEW-PEW BOOOOM” when you open it, and it evinces no familiarity with Clone Wars .Read more…

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How Clone Wars Explains the Big Problems With Modern Warfare

Now that America’s long war is getting longer, it’s worth getting some outside perspective on what that war’s all about, with all its twists and pitfalls. In short, it’s worth asking George Lucas.Read more…

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Obama’s New Allies Want Wider Syrian War

If the U.S. arms the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS, they are going to battle the Syrian regime at the same time—no matter what the White House says.

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Rebels to Obama: You’re Not Our Boss

If the U.S. arms the Free Syrian Army to fight ISIS, they are going to battle Assad at the same time—no matter what the White House says.

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John Kerry Is Trolling You on ISIS

This is no war—it’s a ‘major counterterrorism operation.’ OK, Mr. Secretary of State, sure. We’ll believe that when we believe Saudi Arabia has an ‘extensive’ border with Syria.

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Libya Is Turning Into the Next Iraq

Operation OK Let’s Go Back There And Maybe Clean Up Some Spots We Missed, But You Know We’re Just Gonna End Up Making A Mess Again is a go. Too bad; we could probably have used that name next week, when the Libyan Republic of Jihad makes ISIS look like JROTC.Read more…

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Obama Announces Strategy to Combat ISIS

In a televised speech Wednesday night, President Obama announced plans to ramp up airstrikes, send additional service members to Iraq, and provide more humanitarian aid in an effort to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group ISIS. Read more…

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Obama Vows to “Degrade and Ultimately Destroy” ISIS

In a televised speech Wednesday night, President Obama announced plans to ramp up airstrikes, send additional service members to Iraq, and provide more humanitarian aid in an effort to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group ISIS. Read more…

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How to Beat ISIS and Assad

Former ambassador to Syria Robert Ford says the moderate Free Syrian Army is stronger than you think, and the Assad regime is tottering. Will America give it a push?

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Alarmed by regional threat, Lebanon’s Christians take up arms

Lebanese Christians have watched with dread as other Christians flee Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, fearing their turn will come next

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