middle east

Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran as Fallout From Mass Execution Continues

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says the kingdom has severed diplomatic relations with Iran a day after protesters looted and burned the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Opinion and Analysis

My Journey Inside the Islamic State

Filmmaker Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks alone, embedded with the Islamic State in June 2014, gaining unprecedented access into the heart of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Here he describes what he learned.
Medyan Dairieh
middle east

Security Footage Shows Suspected Suicide Bomber Entering Mosque in Kuwait

The video shows a man entering one of Kuwait City’s oldest mosques moments before a massive cloud of smoke and debris erupts from inside.
Tessa Stuart

Loss of Ramadi Put Iraqi Government on the Ropes and the Islamic State on a Roll

The Iraqi government may have no good options open when it comes to retaking Ramadi.
Landon Shroder
Opinion and Analysis

The Islamic State Is Here to Stay

Political realities, sectarian strife, military tactics — seemingly all signs indicate that despite the efforts of both regional and international coalitions, the Islamic State isn't going anywhere.
Ahmed S. Hashim
Islamic State

Islamic State Warns of 'Black Days' for Saudi Arabia as Bomber in Mosque Attack Is Identified

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 21 people on Friday at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia.
Purvi Thacker
war and conflict

The Only Thing Iraq’s Sunnis and Shias Hate More Than Each Other Is the Islamic State

Iraq’s Sunni tribes and Shia militias are trying to put aside their history of bloodletting and find ways to support each other in the fight against the Islamic State.
Landon Shroder
war and conflict

Islamic State’s Capture of Ramadi May Signal Larger Role for Iraq’s Militias as Conflict Continues

Experts say the spectacular defeat of Iraqi security forces on Sunday could cement Washington and Baghdad's reliance on Shia militias and their Iranian backers in the fight against the militants.
Samuel Oakford
Opinion and Analysis

The US May Need to Solve a Paradox to Defeat the Islamic State

To win the war, the US may also have to defeat Iranian proxies. But doing that may involve partnering with tribes who partner with… the Islamic State.
Ryan Faith

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.
Leighton Woodhouse

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.
Charles Davis
war and conflict

Afghan Refugees and Jihadis Are Reportedly Fighting on Opposite Sides of Syria’s War

If you thought Syria’s war was already a mess, here’s a development that’s not going to make it any less ugly.
Alice Speri