Commentary / World Jul 14, 2014

A caliph in his own mind

by Bernard Haykel

The recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is an unprecedented event in modern times, showing that violent jihadism is now an entrenched feature of the Arab political landscape.

Insurgents seize two more Iraqi towns; Obama threatens airstrikes

World Jun 13, 2014

Insurgents seize two more Iraqi towns; Obama threatens airstrikes

Islamist rebel fighters captured two more Iraqi towns overnight in a relentless sweep south toward the capital Baghdad in a campaign to re-create a medieval caliphate carved out of fragmenting Iraq and Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama threatened military strikes against the radical Islamic State ...