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Tag Archive: ISIL

How the Trump Administration Deals With Detainees Can Provide Insight Into its Counterterrorism Priorities

U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell Jan. 11, 2002 in Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

What is the US going to do with the “enemy combatants” it picks up during counterterrorism operations?  How will we strike the difficult balance between protecting national security and the rights of individuals?…   continue »

Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (Oct. 28-Nov. 3)

Cybersecurity and Cyber Conflict

NYC Terror Attack, Legal Responses, and Counter-Terrorism Policy

Russia Investigation, Manafort-Gates Indictment, and Papadopoulous

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The Women and Children Returning Home from the “Caliphate”


A new report on the Islamic State’s foreign fighters, released today by the Soufan Group, highlights an often overlooked population: the women and children who joined or were born into the group.

Along with male fighters, they are included among the 5,600 citizens or residents from 33 countries who have returned home after joining the Islamic State (also know as ISIS or ISIL) in Syria and Iraq.  continue »

Congressional Oversight and the Niger Attack


President Donald Trump’s handling of military condolences has dominated the coverage of the Oct. 4 deaths of four U.S. Special Operations forces soldiers in Niger. However, there are a number of other unresolved questions that call for congressional inquiry and consideration.…   continue »

Recap of Recent Pieces on Just Security (Oct. 14-20)

ISIS, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen

Russia Investigation

Guantanamo Military Commissions and Legal Ethics

International Human Rights Mobilization

Cybersecurity, Digital Privacy, and Encryption

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Pluses and Minuses of the Imminence Standard in Counterterrorism Strikes

Last month, I wrote on the revisions that the Trump Administration reportedly plans to make to President Obama’s drone policy.  The piece set off a robust conversation with human rights and humanitarian law experts, primarily around U.S. obligations under international human rights law and the implications of the Trump Administration preparing to end the Obama-era requirement that strikes outside of hot warzones like Iraq and Syria be taken only against terrorists who pose a “continuing, imminent threat to U.S.…   continue »

On the Ground with FRONTLINE in Mosul and Yemen


As I watched “The Vietnam War,” the extraordinary documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, over the last few weeks, I was struck by the level of access U.S. journalists had to cover that war. They lived and worked in Saigon, they were side-by-side with soldiers as they lost their friends in ultimately useless battles, and they were able to discern when the official line from Washington bore no resemblance to what they were seeing on the ground.  continue »

What next for Raqqa?

The military battle for Raqqa city appears to be over. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), with support from the US-led coalition, seized the Raqqa National Hospital, one of the last bastions of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the city earlier today.…   continue »