Bahraini Narratives About the United States

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by Giorgio Cafiero The eruption of Bahrain’s political crisis seven-and-a-half years ago marked a watershed in Manama-Washington relations. It also transformed how both Bahrain’s regime and its Shia-dominated opposition viewed the United States. For decades, Bahrain’s leadership has seen the… Continue Reading  

Obama Brought the Islamic State to Its Knees; Watch Donald Trump Take the Credit

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by Wayne White Much like the vicious rampage against suspected German Army “cowards” and “traitors” by SS fanatics in Nazi Berlin in 1945 as the Red Army closed in, Islamic State cadres have been on a frenzy executing real or… Continue Reading  

Mosul and America’s Quixotic Search for the “Decisive” Battle

Soldiers from Bravo Company 2-325 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), attached to Task Force Tacoma walk through a market in the Al Sudeek district during a dismounted patrol in Mosul, Iraq on January 9, 2005. Bravo Co. 2-235 PIR is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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by James A. Russell and Donald Abenheim The Super Bowl-like reporting about the assault on Mosul is regrettably but perhaps inevitably cloaked in America’s desperate search for a clear-cut, decisive battle that will allow the country to bask in the glow… Continue Reading  

Islamic State: Apocalypse Postponed?

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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  

Why Victory Over IS Won’t Solve the Real Problem Facing Iraq and Syria

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by Derek Davison A recent spate of high-casualty Islamic State-linked attacks in France, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and (arguably) Orlando, Florida, has raised fears about the group’s ability to carry out international terrorist strikes while also obscuring its failures at… Continue Reading