Even if the reports turn out to be true, Baghdadi’s death wouldn’t be the end of ISIS, according to counterterrorism expert Richard Barrett. “[I]t’s a setback rather than a defeat, because [ISIS is] an idea as much as it is a movement,” Barrett said. “The idea is still out there. The reasons the idea took root are still out there.” In 2014, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith spoke to Barrett as part of the film The Rise of ISIS, which traces how the group seized vast swaths of Iraq and Syria. In this video, Barrett explains how Baghdadi rose to lead the terrorist group. Although Baghdadi’s self-proclaimed caliphate has been losing ground in its core territories in Iraq and Syria, Barrett saidRead More
End of ISIS: U.S. and Iraqi Forces Prepare for Final Battle After Surrounding Old City
The Iraqi army and its allies have completely surrounded the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Mosul’s Old City, the jihadists’ final area of influence in what was once their largest city. After more than eight months of fierce fighting, an alliance of Iraqi military, Kurdish forces, majority-Shiite Muslim militias backed by Iran and a U.S.-led coalition have forced ISIS militants back to the last district claimed by the ultraconservative Sunni Muslim group in its stronghold of Mosul.
Defense Secretary Mattis explains what war with North Korea would look like
Asked on Thursday by Rep. Tim Ryan of the House Appropriations Committee to explain why the US…
US warship starts to sink off coast of Japan after colliding with merchant ship
The U.S. Navy said on Friday one of its destroyers collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, and a U.S. official said initial reports indicated multiple injuries aboard the destroyer. Japan’s public broadcaster NHK showed aerial footage of the destroyer, which had a large dent in the right side of the ship. Images broadcast by NHK showed the U.S. ship has been struck on its starboard side next to its Aegis radar arrays behind its vertical launch tubes.
Is Albania the EU’s Next Headache in the Balkans?
Albania’s “on again, off again” election is back on after the opposition ended its threat of a boycott last month. But allegations of a spiraling drug-trafficking problem, and claims and counterclaims of criminal links to politics, are still an unedifying sight in a European Union candidate state. Prolonged political deadlock over recent months is a sign not only of Albania’s deep political divisions and dysfunctions, but also of the EU’s limited ability to use its leverage in the increasingly restive Western Balkans. On May 22, Albania’s government confirmed a deal that put opposition figures into government positions, a compromise that cleared the way for an election on June 25, a week later
Mosul battle: Despair and death as civilians flee
As the battle to retake the last districts of Mosul from IS control enters its final stages, the UN says as many as 100,000 civilians are trapped there, held as human shields by the militants. BBC Persian’s Nafiseh Kohnavard is one of the few international reporters to have been on the frontline and witnessed what’s becoming an increasingly desperate humanitarian situation. Even by the grim standards of the long and bloody battle for Mosul, what’s been happening in the western part of the city over the past two weeks is unlike anything that’s gone before. As the Iraqi army closes in on the militants in a tiny area of narrow streets in the old city, the civilian death toll is rising at an alarming