How the Islamic State Became the Juggernaut It Is Today
The region has always been treacherous ground for foreign intervention, but many of the reasons for Western failure to read the situation in the Middle East are recent, and self-inflicted.
ISIS Plundered Nuclear Material That Could Be Used in Weapons
ISIS militants seized uranium when they overran Mosul. It could be used in weapons but is low grade and unlikely to pose a significant risk.
A Field Guide to Iraq’s Fighting Factions, Part 3: Who Gets Iraq — Iran or the US?
There’s not much local support for keeping Iraq together, leaving Iran and the US to fight it out — both of whom may be reluctant to do so.