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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From Crossing the Sea, by Wolfgang Bauer. In 2014, Bauer, a German journalist for Die Zeit, traveled undercover with Syrian refugees on a boat headed from Egypt to Greece. His…
The chaotic, underfunded battle against the Islamic State
A gay soldier in Assad’s army
The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again
"Looking at the detailed Russian timeline of what happened," says defense analyst Pierre Sprey, "I'd say the evidence looks pretty strong that the Turks were setting up an ambush."
By Justin E. H. Smith, from a work in progress. Smith’s fourth book, The Philosopher: A History in Six Types (Princeton), will be published in June. At the end of August, the oldest…
The Islamic State's influence grows; James Harkin interviews its fighters, enemies, and potential recruits
From blog posts on Paladin of Jihad offering advice for Western Muslims preparing to migrate (or “make hijra”) to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State. Read…
Sarah Topol follows the trade routes used by arms smugglers, Eric Foner explores the hidden history of the Underground Railroad, Karl Ove Knausgaard recounts a humiliating episode from grade school, and more
Interviews with fighters, enemies, and potential recruits