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Underground in Raqqa

Shortly before the siege of Raqqa began in June, Islamic State officials arrested Hammad al-Sajer for skipping afternoon prayers. Hammad, who is 29, made a living from his motorbike: he carried...

How Iran Would Push Back on U.S. Escalation

We're about to witness a real-life test of an Iran policy that eschews diplomacy and embraces confrontation.

Iraq's Shiite Militias Are Just Getting Started

The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad.

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Why the Middle East Hated Obama But Loves Trump

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