Syria’s war: Who is fighting and why

Syria’s war is mess. After 6 years, the conflict is divided between four sides, each side with foreign backers. And those foreign backers don’t even agree with each other on who they are fighting for and who they are fighting against. And now, Syria’s use of chemical weapons has provoked President Donald Trump to directly […]

The rise of ISIS, explained in 6 minutes

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a phenomenon so terrible and shocking it seems impossible. It controls an area the size of the United Kingdom, commits mass atrocities, and launches terror attacks abroad. To understand ISIS, it helps to tell the story of its rise. That story begins far away and many years […]