Control of the House will enable Democratic lawmakers to exercise greater oversight of U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war.
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Saudi Arabia and Iran's proxy battles are at the root of much of the death and destruction in the Middle East in recent years.
By relying on lone wolf attacks by individuals who are self-radicalized, Islamic State can continue to spread fear even as its caliphate crumbles.
Donald Trump's antagonism against Iran will ultimately hamper his ability to confront Islamic State and other jihadis — his No. 1 enemy.
Does the Islamic State leader's apocalyptic tone signal the beginning of the end of the extremist group's "caliphate"?
When it is eventually forced out of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State will want to prove its resiliency in neighboring Syria.
The Obama administration must answer for its support of the Saudi campaign, which is prolonging a conflict that has claimed the lives of at least 10,000 people and displaced 3 million.
As it loses strength and territory in Syria and Iraq, IS will lash out with more attacks around the world.
A veteran al-Qaida leader is a major inspiration of the "leaderless jihad" strategy that is now wreaking havoc and spreading fear in the West and in the Middle East.
With its self-declared caliphate, Islamic State has gained control of more resources and generated more income than al-Qaida.