How US Military Hackers Prepared to Hack the Islamic State

Documents obtained by Motherboard give insight into how hackers at CYBERCOM prepare before launching offensive cyber operations, including figuring out how likely an attack will be attributed back to them.
Joseph Cox

The Blogger Who Took on ISIS

"Obviously I was scared that ISIS would find out where I was and kill me, but I was more worried about the horrible things they would do to my family."
Moustafa Saadoun
Air Wars

The US Is Bombing Syria So Much That Watchdogs Can't Keep Up

The sheer number of US Coalition airstrikes is diverting civilian casualty counters away from investigating Russian bombings.
Ben Sullivan
The Tight Squeeze Issue

Photographs of the Aftermath of the Iraqi Forces in Eastern Mosul

Over the past two years, ISIS has destroyed most of the bridges, but they remain the primary way to cross and transfer goods from a safe area to an occupied one.
Robin Hinsch

As Food Supplies Dwindle, ISIS Tells Its Fighters to Eat Less

ISIS told its followers to just eat one meal day—and they decided to call it a religious fast, rather than what it really is: a desperate means of coping with increasing food shortages after intense battles in and around Mosul took out large amounts of...
Alex Swerdloff

Almost Any Messaging App Will Do—If You're ISIS

There is no consensus within IS over which encrypted applications to use, whether it be for migration or coordinating attacks.
Rita Katz
The VICE Guide to Right Now

The War Against ISIS Is Succeeding, at Least on Twitter

The militant group is losing some of its pull on Twitter, thanks to anti-ISIS propaganda and thousands of account suspensions.
Janaya Greene

How ISIS Is Using Food to Recruit New Fighters

Not only are entrapped families subsisting on a diet of stale dates, but ISIL militants are actively attempting to recruit new members with the enticement of the basic sustenance of life: food.
Alex Swerdloff

ISIS Is Running Fish Farms in the Desert to Generate Cash

As the militant group has been retreating and abandoning valuable oil fields, it’s been forced to find new ways to scrounge up dough, including car dealerships and fishing.
Wyatt Marshall
The VICE Guide to Right Now

You Need Recommendations and a Guarantor to Join ISIS, According to Leaked Documents

The leaked ISIS recruitment form has 23 questions, ranging from education and work experience to "level of obedience" and "chemical knowledge."
Helen Donahue

Canada Wants to Deradicalize Terrorists, So Why Is It Trying to Arm Drones?

Drones don't win hearts and minds.
Jordan Pearson
Inside Outsider

Why Does Radical Islam Appeal to So Many Young Men?

After the San Bernardino shootings and the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, I asked some of my friends, who have dabbled in extremism, what the draw is for so many young muslims.
Mahmood Fazal