Time for Iraq to Take Responsibility (Part 1/2)

January 26, 2014

Blaming foreign influences and a lack of introspection has dogged Iraq’s history for far too long. Any window of opportunity that may exist for the Iraqi military to execute a full assault on the city of Fallujah appears to be closing. The US Congress has a grip – albeit a...

Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa

December 19, 2013

An insight into Raqqa, a Syrian city under the control of an al-Qaeda affiliate. "Every 15 minutes someone poured water on me, electrocuted me, kicked me, and then walked out," says one activist in...

International Jihad and the Syrian Conflict

August 07, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Aaron Y. Zelin about the Syrian Civil War and foreign jihadi fighters. Nicholas A. Heras: What particular characteristics of the Syrian conflict have made it an attractive theater of jihad for militant Salafist fighters? How has the jihadi concept of fard kifaya...