While military success against violent extremists is essential to security, it isn't enough to ensure that the terrorist threat will not just regroup, reconstitute, and resurface in the future.
"If we were going to defeat DAESH militarily, we also need to take steps to protect the places that matter to these people – that they are also trying to exterminate."
Ahmad Montazeri was recently convicted by a clerical court for “acting against national security” after he published a decades-old audiotape of his father bitterly condemning the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988.
As Syrian and Russian planes continued their horrific bombing of eastern Aleppo, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power excoriated the Syrian regime and its Russian ally for their relentless war on the Syrian people.
ISIL efforts to recruit future terrorists are being thwarted not only by defeats on the ground, but also through a concerted effort of Muslim voices.
The Iraqi Security Forces, with strong support from the Coalition, are pushing through ISIL defenses to liberate Mosul city block by block and clearing a number of towns and villages.
Many in the international community have once again expressed serious concern about violations of human rights in Iran.
There is a dangerous global trend in violence against journalists.
The assault on ISIL’s phony caliphate in Syria and Iraq intensified this month when the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, started their campaign to isolate and liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa, considered by ISIL to be its capital.
Four weeks into the military offensive to liberate Mosul from its ISIL occupiers, the combined Iraqi and Kurdish forces have gained a toehold on the outskirts of the city and are pushing in.
In recent remarks to foreign journalists, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of U.S. engagement in some of the most difficult challenges our world faces.
The United States has provided nearly $6 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to those displaced both within Syria, and to Syrian refugees in the region since the start of the crisis.