Assad meets French delegates in Damascus following the Paris atrocities.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
In condemning terrorist attacks in Paris, French president Francois Hollande (center) used the term Da'ish to refer to Islamic State, a deliberate naming change.
The French term for ISIS – known as Da'ish or Daesh – has gathered more interest in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's why this battle of naming matters.
A patrol in front of Notre Dame November 15.
The answer is complex. But part of it lies in the fact that French society is still uncomfortable with its diversity.
At prayer in Paris.
A Muslim scholar proposes the discussion of an alternative interpretation of Sharia that will challenge ISIS' claims to Islamic legitimacy.
There has been a global outpouring of grief and support for Parisians after the terror attacks in the city.
EPA/Raminder Pal Singh
In the next few weeks we may see a resurgence of rhetoric calling for more resources to fight the War on Terror following the Paris attacks. Islamophobia may take deeper root in Europe as a whole.
The Paris attacks were a ghastly media spectacular. What will be the broader historical significance in Europe and further afield?
French police stand guard outside the national soccer stadium
Under pressure in the Middle East, ISIS is turning to terrorism in Europe with a new set of predictable goals.
The man thought to be Mohammed Emwazi.
US and UK claim the man who bragged about decapitating western hostages has probably been killed in an airstrike.
Rouhani’s hand grows stronger thanks to Iran’s cooperation with Russia.
Russia's stepped-up role in Syria is likely to bolster Iran and the anti-Western opposition in Iraq.
Meetings in Washington.
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Globalization first became a bedrock of our vocabulary in the 1990s in the aftermath of the Cold War. Proponents of globalization then argued that everything would change – and for the better. There would…
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram.
Apart from numerous worldwide threats including from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the US is taking more notice of Africa due to the expansion of extremist organisations on the continent.
They can help us.
Syrian refugees have key assets and life stories that can contribute to the long, but necessary, struggle to end violence in the Middle East.
A man inspects the remains of what ISIS militants say was a US drone that crashed in Raqqa in 2014.
A planned US drone strike program in Syria will waste life, political capital and resources.
James Franco as Alien, gangsta and gangsta rapper, from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (2012)
There is a muscular, tattooed man holding a machine gun. He is in front of an expensive sports car, with gold chains around his neck and what looks like a Rolex on his wrist. The man is standing proudly…
The temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, which has been destroyed by ISIS in Palmyra.
Barely a week after ISIS beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian expert who devoted his life to the study of Palmyra, the group is reported to have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Baalshamin…
The recent revelations about the savage treatment of Yazidi women at the hands of Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters is the latest in a shocking set of disclosures regarding the group’s behavior. It sadly…
A victim, with a flag of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations covering him, lies on the ground following an explosion in Turkey on July 20 2015.
A suicide bombing in Turkey last week has pulled Ankara closer to the US in the fight against ISIS. It has also raised concerns about Kurds who are also being targeted by Turkish bombing raids.
A masked man gestures before the ISIL flag in a video released by Islamic State militants.
Militants are tapping into centuries-old literary tastes, appropriating them for their own nefarious ends.
A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video released by Islamic State militants.
Digital media and the model of "leaderless resistance" enhance the threat by the Islamic State here at home.
A Syrian refugee flees from ISIS attack.
There were more airstrikes against ISIS this July 4 weekend. Most politicians agree that ‘war is the answer.’ But here’s an argument that peacebuilding is the only realistic way to defeat ISIS.