A nine-year-old boy plays on his damaged street in Mosul, Iraq in this July 2017 photo. U.S.-backed forces have wrested Mosul from the Islamic State, and the terrorist group lost Raqqa, in northern Syria, last month. Nonetheless the Islamic State is using virtual information sessions to keep its members committed to the cause.
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Despite the fact that the Islamic State is on the run, the terrorist group still manages to inspire, motivate and maintain the social identity and cohesion of its members. Here's how.
A US army team carry the remains of Sgt. Dustin Wright, one of the soldiers killed in Niger.
Reuters/Aaron J. Jenne/US Air Force
If the US, simply focuses on trying to hunt down jihadist leaders in Niger it will be missing an opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in the region.
Is religion inherently violent? Some believe so, but secular individuals and institutions have proven to be just as violent.
Many think that violence is central to religion, but some scholars argue it's meaningless to single out religion rather than socio-economic factors when assessing violent acts.
Police investigate the scene where a car crashed into a roadblock during a suspected terrorist attack in Edmonton on Sept. 30.
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The recent Edmonton attack raises questions about a new type of terrorism and the different methods required to stop it. Labelling such attacks as the work of a "lone wolf" obscures a larger problem.
The UK foreign secretary has been talking up the merits of clearing away bodies to build a new Dubai on the Libyan Med.
Though British officials have foiled far more terrorist plots than they’ve missed, the United Kingdom is on edge after its fifth terrorist attack this year alone.
The September 15 London train bombing that injured 30 was the UK's fifth terror attack this year. A security expert looks at why Europe has been seeing more frequent and bloodier jihadist assaults.
A makeshift memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack in Barcelona. Police killed five men August 18 believed to have been involved.
AP Photo/Manu Fernandez
With terrorists striking again in Spain and in Finland, one cannot help but ask -- again -- why people want to follow the Islamic State. Some new theories are emerging.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, painted portrait.
After a major defeat in Mosul, Islamic State seems to have suffered a blow that could end its goal of establishing a cross-border caliphate in the Middle East.
Supporters of Jakarta’s former Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama.
AP Photo/Dita Alangkara
An expert on Islam and democracy examines the threat to the world's largest Muslim majority country.
A bus displaying the Pak-China friendship sign, along a road in Karachi, Pakistan.
Are Chinese lives the price to pay for doing business in Pakistan?
Children used as pawns in conflict.
Child victims are used to justify the cause, while young soldiers further it.
A boy is evacuated during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran on June 7 2017.
Omid Vahabzadeh/ REUTERS
Terrorist attacks in Iran are evidence that, in the Middle East, there are far too many moving parts for US President Donald Trump's recent trip to have changed much on the ground.
An Iraqi soldier inspects a train tunnel adorned with an Islamic State group flag in Mosul, Iraq.
AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
An expert explains that such claims are probably more calculated and careful than you'd expect.
Iraqi soldiers gather near the remains of wall panels and colossal statues of winged bulls that were destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, late last year.
Islamic State has destroyed globally-significant sites in Iraq and Syria, but not as wanton acts of destruction. Instead, they are calculated political and religious attacks.
Breathless reporting accompanies each attack, with little time spent addressing the underlying causes.
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Terrorist attacks are more than 'breaking news,' but the media aren't taking a comprehensive approach to exploring the underlying issues.
She is an independent young woman with a mind of her own.
A vigil for the victims of an attack at Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017.
A professor at Georgetown University answers three common questions about terrorism and political violence.
Tunisians demonstrate against the return of jihadists fighting for extremist groups abroad
Trying to reintegrate foreign fighters who return home shouldn't be considered the soft option. Governments in countries like Morocco and Tunisia need to respond realistically to a complex problem.
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
Both sea ice and government data are disappearing.
U.S. Geological Survey, flickr
Activists today are racing to save climate records from the Trump administration. Secret archives were a powerful way to fight hostile political climates throughout history – from the Nazis to the Islamic State.