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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Caliphate and the perils of reporting online
America’s muddled involvement with Syria
The story of a Kurdish sniper
The plight of Christians in an age of intolerance
From scenarios presented in Fighter Not Killer, an app that is used by militant groups, including the Islamic State, to test combatants’ knowledge of international humanitarian law. The app was…
Rescuing and ransoming Christian hostages in Iraq
From a complaint filed in Texas in December by Mark Oberholtzer, the owner of Mark-1 Plumbing, against Charlie Thomas Ford, a car dealer. Read More
The chaotic, underfunded battle against the Islamic State
From a mathematics textbook for children between six and twelve years old, published by the Islamic State’s ministry of education. The Islamic State distributed copies of the textbook to schools…
The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again