They're drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with belief in extremist Islam.
Western leaders could destroy Islamic State by calling on Erdo196159an to end his attacks on Kurdish forces in Syria and Turkey and allow them to fight Isis on the ground
The death of al-Qaida propagandist and "traitor" Adam Gadahn, known as Azzam the American, got scant attention - just what the US government wanted. A scholar examines the definition of treason.
As the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group continues to gain ground in the Middle East, a newly released Defense Intelligence report shows that the US was fully aware of the dangerous consequences of its involvement in the Syrian Civil War. By arming "moderate" rebels, Washington knew it might then create a group of Salafist extremists.
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here's what that means for its strategy-and for how to stop it.
La storia incredibile di come la più potente organizzazione terroristica del mondo è arrivata a pochi chilometri dall'Italia senza che ce ne accorgessimo. [Continua]
On January 31, Harith al-Nadhari, a senior al-Qaeda figure who praised the Charlie Hebdo attackers, was killed by a US drone strike. This is the first drone strike in Yemen for a number of weeks, and it
As the dust settles on a series of terrorist attacks in France, people will now look to understand the broader players of this grim drama. From their own statements and from external sources, it appears
By Juan Cole - (Informed Comment) The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public. The problem for a terrorist group like al-Qaeda is that its recruitment pool is Muslims, but most Muslims are not interested in terrorism. Most Muslims are not even interested in politics, much less political Islam. France is a country of 66 million, of which about 5 million is of Muslim heritage. But in polling,
Not long ago, stability and security in Iraq seemed possible. Maliki's corruption shattered any hope of that.
By Ali Khedery Best Defense guest columnist 1. As in 2003, I am gravely concerned that Washington is misassessing the precise nature of recent events in the
Nafeez Ahmed: West's co-optation of Gulf states' jihadists created the neocon's best friend: an Islamist Frankenstein
The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here's a reading guide to understanding the U.S.' shadow
Glenn Greenwald: As the Pentagon's former top lawyer urges that the war be viewed as finite, the US moves in the opposite direction