Female Suicide Bombers May Be New For ISIS, But They’re No Stranger to Iraq

After previously prohibiting the use of female attackers, why the change in ISIS' tactics? 

Female Suicide Bombers May Be New For ISIS, But They’re No Stranger to Iraq

Al-Nuri Mosque: The Turning of the ISIS Tide?

For Muslims around the world, observing the holy month of Ramadan is about prayer and finding peace, but for ISIS it is a period o...


Is an ISIS/al-Qaeda Merger on the Cards?

Iraq's vice president says the two jihadi groups have been in discussions, but while dialogue is one thing, a prospective alliance...


Long-term threat of Iraq's Shia militias

The incorporation of the predominantly Shia Popular Mobilisation Units as a government entity operating alongside the army has rai...

Fighters from the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia in Basra.

The Calm Before the Mosul Storm

For months, both Iraqi and allied forces, and ISIS, were poised for the Mosul offensive....


What Comes After the Defeat of ISIS in Mosul?

In the run up to the operation to recapture Mosul from ISIS, the indigenous communities of the Nineveh Plain are the victims of a ...


Saudi-Iraqi Tensions Should be a Wake-Up Call on Sectarianism

ISIS has shown that localised sectarian tensions can give rise to global terrorism, and that marriages of convenience can come bac...


Sub-Saharan Africa's Extremist Hotspots

Data from the first four months of the Global Extremism Monitor reveals that extremist groups in sub-Saharan Africa are as destruc...

Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caliphate as Geopolitical Challenge

Until ISIS declared its so-called caliphate in 2014, this Islamic theological term barely raised flags for the West.


Assyrian Plight: The Untold Story

One of the less widely known consequences of ISIS' devastating rise in northern Iraq is the existential threat it has unleashed ag...


Don't Be Surprised by ISIS Destroying History

To view the destruction of ancient sites and artefacts as the irrational acts of a death cult is to miss the point....


Support the Kurds, A Bulwark Against Extremism

A recent ICG report claimed that Kurdish divisions were undermining the fight against ISIS....


Iraqi Kurdistan: A United Front?

As Kurdistan continues to battle ISIS, International Crisis Group has published a report on political divisions and external influ...


Iraq: Minorities on the Verge of Genocide

Amid news of the kidnapping of at least 220 Assyrian Christians by ISIS, two new reports highlight the plight of religious mi...


Kurdistan in the Spotlight: Beacon of Tolerant Pluralism?

The increased focus on Kurdistan as a bulwark against jihadism has revealed a tolerant society that is a beacon for its neighbours...