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Destroying ISIS Won't Save Iraq
Thanks to rampant ethnic factionalism and retaliatory violence, it's going to take a lot more than the Mosul offensive to change the toxic dynamic on the ground.
What Oil Pipelines Can Do to Native American Land and Life
Just a few hours away from Standing Rock is another reservation that has dealt with the oil industry very differently, and has very different problems.
What Muslims Fighting ISIS in the Middle East Say About Trump
Some hate him for his rhetoric, while others cheer the Republican nominee as the surest way to see America bite the dust.
My Search for the Muslim Terrorists Who Kidnapped My Dad
Months before I was born, my father was kidnapped at gunpoint in Beirut.
The Legendary Tribe That's Fought Everyone from the Ottomans to ISIS
The centuries-old Hamawand tribe clashed with the Ottomans, the British, and Saddam. Now they're fighting the Islamic State—with American help.
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Kurds Fighting the Islamic State Are Trying to Navigate Between the US and Iran
On the front line of the battle against IS, Peshmerga fighters say they're earning international support for a Kurdish state. They may be wrong.
Terrorist to the World, Hero at Home: The Legacy of Hezbollah's Dead Military Commander
When Hezbollah's top military commander was killed in Syria last week, he left behind a lot of dead bodies — and a loyal following among the Shia of Lebanon.
What My Dad's Kidnapping by Muslim Terrorists Taught Me About Islamophobia
Terrorism almost destroyed my life before I was even born.
Guarding Mosques in America After Paris and San Bernardino
Strolling down halls and poised outside doorways, mosque security guards are vigilant human reminders of the fear and danger that come with being Muslim in the US right now.
What We Can Learn from the Middle East's Mid-Century 'Golden Age'
Many of my family and friends look back on the region's cultural glory days of the 50s and 60s with longing—but that era also contained the seeds of terror, war, and sectarianism.
An Active-Duty NYPD Officer Talks Cop Killings and the Brutal Side of Police Work
"It just seems like the good guys became the bad guys and vice versa. People are siding with the perps."
How I Learned Crowdfunding Won't Be Enough to Save the Victims of Syria's Civil War
When I tried to put together money for some Syrian families forced to live in a tannery, I ran into the limitations of online fundraising.