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Inside the Real US Ground War On ISIS

As the US and its allies prepare to launch a major offensive for Mosul, US service members are on the ground in growing numbers — and increasingly in harm's way. Mike Giglio reports from the bases and front lines where they work around northern Iraq.<p><b>ERBIL, Iraq</b> — The Black Hawk helicopter pushed …

Inside ISIS' Last Bastion in Libya

A Libyan fighter runs from a landmine explosion which injured three of his comrades, Sirt, Libya, July 2016<br>Lorenzo Meloni— Magnum Photos<p>1 of 29<p>“They …

Tales of the Tyrant

What does Saddam Hussein see in himself that no one else in the world seems to see? The answer is perhaps best revealed by the intimate details of the Iraqi leader's daily life<p><b>Shakhsuh (His Person)</b><p><b>From Atlantic Unbound:</b><p><i>Today is a day in the Grand Battle, the immortal Mother of All Battles. It is a</i> …

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ISIS is taking full advantage of the darkest corners of the internet

"The tools we are asked to use are increasingly ineffective," Comey told a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. "ISIL says go kill, go kill...we are stopping these things so far...but it is incredibly difficult."<p>The FBI wants tech companies using end-t0-end encryption, such as …

Privacy

The Carcass of a City ISIS Left Behind

When ISIS finally was defeated in Ramadi, there was almost nothing left of the city. The support of the people will be harder to rebuild than the …

10 of the best recent mobile games without in-app purchases

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A serial startup employee explains 4 key steps to building a $1 million business in under 48 hours

We were both in hoodies and had a shared penchant for the F-bomb and burritos, all of which led to a caffeine-infused mind meld.<p>It would be the first of many.<p>The matchmaker then introducing us was the prophetic and profane Dave McClure, general partner of 500 Start-ups, which is now headquartered …

Startups

Institute for the Study of War

<b>Introduction</b><p>Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) announced “The Soldiers’ Harvest,” a new campaign on July 29, 2013, immediately after the Abu Ghraib prison …

Meet ISIL’s Most Dangerous Affiliates

With startling speed, the Middle Eastern terrorist organization known as ISIL has burst into the local news in Western nations, associated with attacks in Paris and now, if indirectly, with the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.<p>This might have shocked Americans and Parisians for whom the …

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Adobe Post debuts on iPhone, lets anyone create memorable graphics on-the-go

Adobe is out today with its latest iOS-first app for mobile creatives. Adobe Post joins the free suite of other easy-to-use mobile apps for sharing that includes the Slate and Voice iPad apps. Where Voice lets you combine recorded storytelling with visuals and Slate lets anyone create …

Apps

A Year in Reading: Karolina Waclawiak

I had the good fortune to have a lot of excellent books come across my desk. Some standouts from this year have been celebrated by many: <b>Jami</b> …

Books

The Devil Is a Black Dog: Stories from the Middle East and Beyond by Sándor Jászberényi – explosive and dark

A Hungarian war correspondent pays tribute to Hemingway with bleak tales of bare-knuckle brutality<p>‘I never wanted to live a sensible life … I didn’t want a sensible death either.” So the seriously ill narrator of “The Fever”, the first short story in this collection, informs us, as he languishes in …

Why ISIL Will Fail on Its Own

As a movement, it’s dangerous. But as a state, it’s collapsing. Here’s how to make that work for us.<p>In the accelerating public discussion of ISIL, it’s easy to become focused on what we don’t know: its elusive leader, its shadowy connections abroad, the gruesome propaganda emanating from somewhere …

Telling the Truth About ISIS and Raqqa

On Saturday night, five young Syrians slouched into a dive bar in New York and ordered drinks. When the bartender asked if off-brand vodka was O.K., they had to smile. They were all exiles from Raqqa, the provincial city in northern Syria that <i>ISIS</i> has made its operational center and the de-facto …

Scenes from Inside Aleppo: How Life Has Been Transformed by Rebel Rule

A Syrian writer revisits the city he attended college in, with sketches by Molly Crabapple.<p>I first moved to Aleppo 10 years ago. At that time, the city was the world for me: the glorious past and the present, the bitter and the sweet. I attended university in mid-Aleppo’s wealthy neighborhoods. To …

Isis: the inside story

In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings and then a maze of wire corridors, into an open yard, where men with …

Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse | Scott Atran

They deal in chaos, but they work from a script. The failure to understand that is costing us dear<p>It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State. And little wonder. For the chaotic scenes on the streets of Paris and the fearful reaction those attacks provoked are precisely what Isis planned and …

Middle East

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

How ISIS Got Its Flag

The centuries-old apocalyptic prophecies behind a new symbol of global jihad<p>On an August morning in 2014, someone noticed a black flag hanging outside a rundown duplex in suburban New Jersey. He could not make out its Arabic, but he recognized the design from horrific news reports about ISIS, in …

Islam

How Is ISIS Still Making Money?

Why it’s so difficult to cut off the group’s finances<p>About a month ago, the United States started accelerating its attacks on the Islamic State’s finances with an expanded military campaign against its oil fields. The industry that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had called “a critical pillar …

The Mystery of ISIS

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror<p>by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan<p>Regan Arts, 270 pp., $14.00 (paper)<p>ISIS: The State of Terror<p>by Jessica Stern and …

Stimulant Gives Syrian Jihadis 'Courage And Power'

Experts weigh in: Is ISIS good at governing?

<i>Will McCants: The recent ISIS-claimed attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Egypt indicate the organization wants to take the fight to its enemies abroad.</i> …

Rojava's Democratic, Feminist Revolution a Source of Hope Among Horror

Members of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) converse with each other on August 11, 2015. In the Rojava region of Syria, despite the …

Political Science