Darna, long Libya's jihadist stronghold, now Islamic State satellite

World Nov 10, 2014

Darna, long Libya's jihadist stronghold, now Islamic State satellite

On a chilly night, bearded militants gathered at a stage strung with colorful lights in Darna, a Mediterranean coastal city long notorious as Libya's center for jihadi radicals. With a roaring chant, they pledged their allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group. With ...

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 ...