Islamic State: Apocalypse Postponed?

by Derek Davison When the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) began publishing an online magazine in 2014, it named the new publication Dabiq, after the north Syrian town by the same name, which ISIS captured later that same year. The… Continue Reading  

Turkey’s Intentions in Iraq and the Battle for Mosul

by Robert Olson Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has warned Turkey that if it keeps its forces in Iraq, it will risk “regional war,” especially if continues to train Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Peshmerga forces. Spokespersons for the KRG came… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State’s Dollars and Cents

by Derek Davison Last August, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) put out a video that would’ve thrilled most gold bugs if it had been produced by just about anybody else. Called “The Rise of the Khilafah and the Return… Continue Reading  

Why Is the Islamic State So Resilient?

by Emile Nakhleh As the Islamic State continues to conquer territory in Iraq and Syria, and as the Assad regime teeters on collapse and the Iraqi government loses credibility, many in the West are wondering why the Islamic State (ISIS… Continue Reading  

The Islamic State and Boko Haram Merger

by Emile Nakhleh As the world focuses on the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) in the Levant, it seems to be expanding its influence and reach into the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Nigeria, and other parts of West Africa and… Continue Reading