A strong, unified and independent Iraq still struggles to find a role in the Arab region given the problems with Israeli security on the one hand, and regional expansion projects on the other.
It would be foolish to underestimate the group’s lethal capacities.
Last week, I read an article I enjoyed by the American writer Thomas Friedman, about which Middle East the next American president will encounter. Before that, an Arab friend and scholar of international affairs in the United States gave me his opinion on my last article for Asharq al-Awsat on the legacy of Henry [Read more]
The West can defeat the Islamic State group if it drives up the cost of terrorism — and if Germany helps the French.
Iraqi soldiers are unready for combat in densely populated urban areas such as Mosul. The Pentagon is riled.
According to the Pentagon, the caliphate army is in trouble in Iraq. It is losing ground and its offensive powers have been reduced to almost nothing. The international coalition’s strategy carried out up to now has paid off. The militants are on the defensive, their power waning. For the first time, the American [Read more]
What started as just another fundamentalist group, consisting of members of terrorist cells in extinction, has become the most dangerous and powerful militant group in the world.
The danger posed by the Islamic State was “underestimated” in the United States, although the Secret Service did raise the alarm.