We Asked a War Correspondent About the Origins of ISIS
Anand Gopal talked to us about the beheading of journalists and why the US needs to stay the hell out of Iraq.
America Helped Make the Islamic State
While America pats itself on the back for taking on Islamic militants in Iraq, it's worth remembering that it's fighting a monster of its own creation.
How Syria's Messy Borders Complicate Journalism, Aid Work, and Politics
The Syrian civil war has made going from country to country in the Middle East a messy business.
Hannah Lucinda Smith
"Tripoli Is Crying": Lebanon's Second City Is On the Brink of Battle
Conflicts between those who support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and those who back the rebels in Syria are always on the verge of breaking out, and tensions are particularly high in the aftermath of an August terrorist attack.
Renegade Clerics Are Battling Hezbollah in Lebanon
Before the war in Syria, Lebanese Sunni cleric Ahmad al-Assir was a respected figure in his country. But as Syria's war has crossed over to Lebanon, Assir’s sermons have turned political, inspiring some Sunnis to wage war against Hezbollah.
The Syria Issue
On the Lam in Lebanon
It’s dusk when the rebels move into position within a cluster of lemon and olive groves about 300 feet from the Syrian border post north of the bleak and dusty Lebanese farming village of al-Qaa. I’m watching the operation from behind the troops with...