The Dabiq Experiment

The Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL, & Daesh) has provoked a lot of questions since it first exploded on the world stage. These questions range from the philosophical (the ever-popular “how can anyone be so cruel to another?”) through the practical (say, “is Assad now a potential ally?”). One of the more […]

Yemen: The Five(ish) Way War

There is a relatively straightforward story about Yemen. It goes like this:

Saleh, dictator in all but name, resigned in 2012 under considerable political pressure after surviving decades as the leader of the poor and terror-wracked nation. His vice-president, Hadi, took the helm and (encouraged by Western support) promised elections – before being overthrown by […]