True victory in the battle of Mosul, the Islamic State’s capital in Iraq and the largest city it controls, will be difficult.
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The good news is that the Islamic State is on the ropes. But too often, U.S. tactical success in the Middle East precedes strategic failures. The United States and its partners must prepare now to exploit the very real gains they are making.
Police in New Jersey have located and arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, the prime suspect in the Chelsea and New Jersey bombings. Now officials face an important—and potentially quite controversial—set of decisions regarding how to go about interrogating Rahami.
Jacob Olidort of the Washington Institute discusses the Islamic State's use of textbooks to indoctrinate the next generation of its "caliphate" and why the United States should focus on countering the group's nonviolent efforts as much as its violent ones.
I got behind on my podcast listening and managed not to listen to this month-old episode of Invisibilia until this morning. It's worth Lawfare reader attention—or, at least, the first half of it is. (The second half deals with online dating.)
Lone-Wolf or Low-Tech Terrorism? Emergent Patterns of Global Terrorism in Recent French and European Attacks
Three data-driven suggestions to move past the lone-wolf terrorist concept, with implications for how we design better concepts for understanding and preventing contemporary terrorism in the future.
Last week, individuals were charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIL in Mississippi and the Western District of New York. Not to allow the Midwest to be outdone, Ohio was busy with domestic terrorism prosecutions of its own.
Despite the Islamic State's social media prowess, Seamus Hughes argues that online radicalization rarely occurs exclusively in the digital domain.
If we take seriously the “state” in “Islamic State,” then we should also take seriously the institutional building blocks of that state, including its legal system. In fact, the Islamic State has weaponized law as a tool for state-building. Arguably, it is engaged in “lawfare.”
This week, the FBI arrested a 36-year-old transit police officer on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL. Meanwhile, earlier in the week and halfway across the country in a federal court in the Southern District of Ohio, 22 year-old Christopher Cornell pleaded guilty to trying to kill government employees.