Without Regional Stability, The Resurgence Of The Islamic State Or Emergence of New Terror Groups Is Inevitable

By Shireen T. Hunter The death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS), is good news. However, it would be a mistake to think that his demise means the end of IS. Even if IS… Continue Reading  

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  

What Al-Baghdadi’s Death Means For Trump And The Future Of ISIS

By Giorgio Cafiero In northwestern Syria, a few miles south of the Turkish border, lies the impoverished village of Barisha. The majority of the village’s 7,000 inhabitants are displaced Syrians from elsewhere in the country who came to Barisha mainly… Continue Reading  

Syrian Withdrawal a Dangerous Regional Gambit

by Emile Nakhleh President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the Syrian-Turkish border and the ensuing Turkish offensive against the Kurds have thrown the Levant and the wider region into a deadly spiral of chaos and mayhem. Despite… Continue Reading  

Averting an ISIS Resurgence in Iraq and Syria

by International Crisis Group What’s new? In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is down but not out. The group remains active but reduced and geographically circumscribed. Keeping it down requires sustained effort. Any of several events – Turkish intervention in north-eastern Syria,… Continue Reading