Tag: Islamic State

Elimination of IS Leader Is a Positive, But Not a Final, Step

Elimination of IS Leader Is a Positive, But Not a Final, Step

On January 3, the United States announced the elimination of Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State (IS) during a counterterrorism raid in Atmeh, a town in Syria’s Idlib province close to the Turkish border. In an address to the nation, US President Joe...

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

War crimes, genocide, torture, forced disappearances, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law have been characteristic of conflicts in the Arab world since even before they were codified in law. These crimes still occur in many Arab countries, most notably in...

Afghanistan Is On the Verge of Disaster

Afghanistan Is On the Verge of Disaster

The upheaval in Afghanistan was undoubtedly one of the most shocking events of the year. It will likely have fatal consequences for the Afghan people, neighboring countries and the international community. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is so devastating that it is impossible to predict the...

Why Do Some Women Support the Taliban?

Why Do Some Women Support the Taliban?

With the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan, the fate of around 14 million women remains uncertain. From when they ruled the country between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban were notorious for their mistreatment of women and girls, imposing restrictions on almost all aspects of their lives, from...

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

After al-Qaeda targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, then-US President George W. Bush declared his (in)famous doctrine of the global war on terror, which will continue to have a great effect on the Middle East and the world for the coming decades, if not...

Is Operation Enduring Freedom Doomed to Endure Forever?

Is Operation Enduring Freedom Doomed to Endure Forever?

Those were heady days in the US stock market. I would wake up by 5 am and watch CNBC before the stock market opened for trading at 6:30 am Pacific time. It was no different on the morning of September 11, 2001. Little did I know that catastrophic things were about to happen that would change the...

The Reassuring Presence of Multiple Threats

The Reassuring Presence of Multiple Threats

In April, the US director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, presented an important document produced by the nation’s intelligence community, the 2021 Annual Threat Assessment. It was designed to demonstrate that the newly inaugurated president, Joe Biden, is ready to respond to any or all...

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

In late March, the US-led coalition, operating under the auspices of Operation Inherent Resolve, announced that it was relocating most of its personnel and equipment out of Iraq. By early April, the coalition already completed the transfer of four major bases hosting US-led troops back to Iraqi...

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Even before the recent raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the erstwhile head of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), US President Donald Trump had spoken of how he had single-handedly defeated the caliphate. “Now, when I came, the caliphate was all over the place,” the...

Trump Screenwrites History With Death of IS Chief

Trump Screenwrites History With Death of IS Chief

US President Donald Trump rose to hyperbolic heights of hyperreal narration last weekend as he described the Pentagon’s successful takedown of the Islamic State (IS) group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in Syria. The world will undoubtedly be a better place without Al-Baghdadi, but much of...

Mike Pompeo’s Inspired Sermon on the War on Terror

Mike Pompeo’s Inspired Sermon on the War on Terror

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants everyone to understand that the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday provide a justification for the war on terror initiated by George W. Bush, which has become a permanent and dominant feature of US foreign policy. His tone sounded almost thankful for the...

Afghanistan: Deteriorating Security Situation to Continue in 2018

Afghanistan: Deteriorating Security Situation to Continue in 2018

A modest increase in US troop numbers is unlikely to reverse worsening insecurity in Afghanistan in the coming year. Afghanistan has experienced a violent 2017, with the government continuing to steadily lose territory to the Taliban. According to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan...

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists

The coming year may well prove to be the bloodiest yet in Turkey. The figures for terrorist attacks and those killed in Turkey as a result in 2016 are staggering as the death toll reaches 300 with seemingly no respite from the relentless killings in sight. In the early hours of 2017, the...

Why Women Are the Missing Link in Countering Extremism

Why Women Are the Missing Link in Countering Extremism

Counterterrorism strategy in the Middle East and North Africa can no longer avoid the involvement of women. According to the World Bank, 48.3% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is female. Yet despite their prominent place in society—and the fact that women and...

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