Al-Baghdadi’s Demise and Legacy

By Emile Nakhleh The demise of Osama bin Ladin in 2011 did not end al-Qaeda. Nor will the apparent demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi end the terror of the Islamic State. Al-Baghdadi’s death is a major psychological blow to the… Continue Reading  

A Balance Sheet on America’s “War on Terror” in the Middle East

by Charles W. Dunne Eighteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States remains engaged in a multi-front war against a multi-faceted extremist-terrorist threat, much of which emanates from the broader Middle East and North Africa.… Continue Reading  

Eighteen Years After 9/11, Has al-Qaeda Won the War on Terrorism?

by Peter Ford What blasphemy is this? al-Qaeda has won? Absurd! Most observers would say reflexively that, eighteen years after 9/11, the U.S. has cut al-Qaeda down to size, and if it has not quelled it altogether the remaining operations… Continue Reading  

Burkina Faso: Islamic State and al-Qaeda’s New Sanctuary

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner For many years, violent extremists have exploited the impoverished and lawless Sahel region of Africa. Salafist-jihadist militias have frequently transited through the region’s porous borders, easily taking advantage of local grievances to establish a… Continue Reading  

How Saudi Arabia and Israel Undermine the War on Terror

by Ali Rizk A recent report from the Pentagon inspector general, warning of the “resurgence” of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), highlights a fact that has become abundantly clear: Washington’s “war on terror” is a failure. Despite the formation… Continue Reading