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An AFP journalist looks at a handwritten note from a son of Osama bin Laden to his wife. (EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

A Peek Inside the Mind of Osama Bin Laden

A new release of documents from the former al Qaeda leader's home reveals much about the jihadist organization. Read more…

Palmyra, Homs Governorate. (ED BRAMBLEY/WIKIMEDIA)

The Capture of Palmyra: A Big Win for the Islamic State

The group's recent success in Homs province does not bode well for the Syrian government. Read more…

Contextualizing the Islamic State's Gains in Africa

A clear understanding of the militant group's structure gives perspective to the threat it actually poses. Read more…