from The Great Debate:

Taking back Tikrit and Mosul from Islamic State isn’t necessarily a good thing

By Peter Van Buren
March 4, 2015

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite Fighters sit on a tank, in the town of Hamrin, in the Salahuddin province

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters sit on a tank, in the town of Hamrin, in the Salahuddin province, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

from The Great Debate:

Why do European Muslim girls look to Islamic State for marriage material?

By Barbara F. Walter
March 4, 2015

Handout CCTV image shows British teenage girl Amira Abase walking through security at Gatwick airport before boarding a flight to Turkey


Left to right: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase, Shamima Begun. The British teenagers walk through security at Gatwick airport before boarding a flight to Turkey, Feb. 17, 2015. REUTERS/Metropolitan Police/Handout via Reuters

from The Great Debate:

The cracks in Islamic State’s business plan are starting to show

By Ora Szekely
February 20, 2015

File photo of displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walking towards the Syrian border

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk toward the Syrian border, Aug 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said/Files

from The Great Debate:

Iraqis may fear Shi’ite militias more than Islamic State

By Mohamad Bazzi
February 19, 2015

A fighter from the Shi'ite Kata'ib Imam Ali (Imam Ali Brigades) militia runs as they search a house after taking control of a village from Islamist State militants, on the outskirts of Dhuluiya

A fighter from the Shi'ite Imam Ali Brigades militia runs after taking control of a village from Islamist State militants, on the outskirts of Dhuluiya, north of Baghdad, Dec. 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

from The Great Debate:

‘American Sniper’: The war we wished for just might win the Oscar

By Allen Steinberg
February 19, 2015

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Bradley Cooper playing Chris Kyle in 'American Sniper.' REUTERS/Warner Bros. Entertainment

from The Great Debate:

Time to end the authorization for endless war

By Steve Vladeck
February 11, 2015

U.S. President Obama thanks members of  the U.S. military for their service after meetings with military senior leadership for an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington

President Barack Obama thanks members of the U.S. military for their service after meeting with military senior leadership to hear an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

from The Great Debate:

Life is harsh under Islamic State. But what’s the alternative?

By Aki Peritz
February 9, 2015

Man walks down a street filled with abandoned vehicles and debris from damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani

A man walks down a street in the northern Syrian town of Kobani, January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

from The Great Debate:

One group battling Islamic State has a secret weapon – female fighters

By Benedetta Argentieri
February 3, 2015

Female fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand at attention at a military camp in Ras a-Ain January 30, 2015. Picture taken January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Female fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand at attention at a military camp in Ras a-Ain January 30, 2015. Picture taken January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

from The Great Debate:

Don’t believe the U.S. military when it says it doesn’t keep body counts

By David Axe
January 22, 2015

Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian

Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike, in Kfredrian, Idlib province September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

from The Great Debate:

Where has this Obama been hiding? Six takes on the State of the Union

By Allison Silver
January 21, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst