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Without the perfect-storm conditions of post-invasion insurgency, this most potent expression of al-Qaedaism yet would never have risen to dominate both the Middle East and the world in the way that it does. Reuters/Stringer

Out of the ashes of Afghanistan and Iraq: the rise and rise of Islamic State

The final article of our series on the historical roots of Islamic State examines the role recent Western intervention in the Middle East played in the group's inexorable rise.
A mosquito. Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters

What really threatens America: Zika, cancer or ISIS?

The unfolding information about the Zika virus and saddening images of babies infected with microcephaly should really scare us all. The disease has spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, with 32…
Lining up potential pitfalls: nonexperts and computers may misinterpret the vertical line in this image as a natural feature rather than a result of a mosaic compilation of multiple satellite images. Google Earth

In sea of satellite images, experts’ eyes still needed

Expert image analysts have an important role to play, even in an age of computer interpretation and crowdsourcing.
Entrance to the gate of Nimrod, destroyed by the IS group and digitally reconstructed as part of Project Mosul. Model by ruimx from photos at projectmosul.org

Preservationists race to capture cultural monuments with 3D images

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time.
A Christmas service in Manhattan. Mike Segar /REUTERS

Celebrating Christmas in an age of religious extremism

How should we celebrate Christmas during a time when religious extremism inspires terrorist attacks and young people are abandoning the church?
Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Marj al-Sultan, Damascus. SANA/EPA

Door of Syrian peace talks still closed to Australia

Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.
Speaking to the nation December 6. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Obama shows the flaws in America’s efforts to combat ISIS

Winston Churchill famously suggested that: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Speaking with his characteristic mix of the compassionate and cerebral…
Presidents Hollande and Obama. Is it still possible for nation states to build a global alliance against organisations such as Daesh? Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

States and gangs: the difficult search for new ways to run the world

To save mankind from the scourge of war… These eight words drawn from the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations have been ringing in my head for the past week. Most believe that they were penned…

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