Iraq

ISIL leader Baghdadi confident of Mosul battle victory

Recorded message says "total war" for Iraq's second city "increases our firm belief all this is a prelude to victory".

ISIL leader Baghdadi confident of Mosul battle victory

Opinion

Syria's Civil War: One conflict, multiple battles

The last 10 days have been a reminder of the breadth and complexity of the active conflicts going on in the country.

James Denselow

by James Denselow

James Denselow

Opinion

Trump and Baghdadi

How the two most provocative men in the news are feeding into each other's agendas.

Marwan Bishara

by Marwan Bishara

Marwan Bishara

Opinion

Palestine: Still key to stability in the Middle East

It seems ISIL has recognised the value of using Palestine to appeal to the hearts and minds of the region.

Ibrahim Fraihat

by Ibrahim Fraihat

Ibrahim Fraihat

Opinion

Gulf States: A burning priority for ISIL?

Recent history shows that ISIL operatives and followers will stop at nothing in striking countries they target.

Olivier Guitta

by Olivier Guitta

Olivier Guitta

Philippines

Philippine troops kill 'eight from group loyal to ISIL'

Army says fighters killed near Palimbang town were members of a new group that has pledged allegiance to leader of ISIL.

Philippine troops kill 'eight from group loyal to ISIL'

Opinion

Paris and the new normal

The difficulty in monitoring grassroots terrorist activities render many countries fragile to such attacks.

Martin Reardon

by Martin Reardon

Martin Reardon

Middle East

Lebanon detains wife and son of Al-Baghdadi

Family members of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detained by army at Syria-Lebanon border crossing, officials say.

Lebanon detains wife and son of Al-Baghdadi

Politics

ISIL leader calls for attacks in audio clip

Group claims man speaking in recording is its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, following reports he was wounded or killed.

Opinion

Baghdadi dead or alive: Does it matter?

ISIL will be able to turn any defeat into a victory.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Politics

Conflicting reports on Baghdadi's injury

Iraqi state TV says ISIL leader was injured in a strike near Mosul, while US military cannot confirm.

Conflicting reports on Baghdadi's injury

Opinion

Obama's war and the Mosul variable

Long term viability of Obama's strategy depends on the people of Mosul and their relationship with t

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Inside Story

Al-Qaeda vs Islamic State?

Ayman al-Zawahiri announces new wing of al-Qaeda in South Asia and pledges loyalty to the Taliban.

War & Conflict

Baghdadi’s social media war: Hype or threat?

The Islamic State group uses social media to cultivate a ruthless reputation, but their online strategy risks blowback.

Baghdadi’s social media war: Hype or threat?

Politics

Muslim leaders reject Baghdadi's caliphate

Prominent Muslim leaders rebuke the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed caliphate, calling it 'void' and 'deviant'.

Muslim leaders reject Baghdadi's caliphate