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Displaced residents from the Yazidi sect, fleeing ISIS forces in Sinjar, August 11 2014. Rodi Said/REUTERS

NATO should invade ISIS-held territory

Recent talks in Vienna may help end the Syrian civil war, but diplomacy will not eliminate ISIS.
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. Reuters

Islamic State versus Da'ish or Daesh? The political battle over naming

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. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Why Paris?

The answer is complex. But part of it lies in the fact that French society is still uncomfortable with its diversity.
There has been a global outpouring of grief and support for Parisians after the terror attacks in the city. EPA/Raminder Pal Singh

What lies behind different reactions to Paris and Beirut attacks

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.

War comes home

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 Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Paris: the war with IS enters a new stage

Under pressure in the Middle East, ISIS is turning to terrorism in Europe with a new set of predictable goals.
The opening ceremony of an exercise organized by the US military in Ndjamena, Chad earlier this year to take on Boko Haram. Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

How the US is expanding its fight against extremism in Africa

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.

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