The Syrian government is bombarding the IS-held Palmyra.
The testimonies of defectors challenge the ideological narrative of the Islamic State, as seen in this report from the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College London.
Ayman al-Zawahiri says the Islamic State caliphate is illegitimate and not based on “prophetic method.”
The Islamic State generate $25m from kidnapping last year –– here’s a peek inside its “kidnapping machine.”
The Pentagon has confirmed that French bombmaker and Al Qaeda member David Drugeon was killed in a strike.
Russian flights, manned and unmanned, have been spotted over the Syrian province of Idlib; Moscow has deployed 28 fighter jets to the country. Russia is also conducting naval drills with a guided missile cruiser in the eastern Mediterranean.
There were more U.S.-coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in the past year than against the Taliban in Afghanistan between January 2010 and August 2015.
A CENTCOM military analyst who criticized the Bush administration over Iraq in 2005 is now part of the group saying intelligence assessments of the fight against the Islamic State were manipulated to be more optimistic.
Poster advertisements around London aimed to call out the British government for arms deals during last week’s Defence and Security Equipment International’s exhibition at the ExCeL Centre.
The Pope on the arms trade: “ Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money, money that is drenched in blood — often innocent blood. In the face of the shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”