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Fighters belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces sit on an armored personnel carrier in al-Hasaka province on Feb. 19. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Retaking Raqqa From the Islamic State

The battle for the militant group's self-declared capital will be one of the most costly and difficult offensives in Syria this year. Read more…

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Discerning Damage to a Crucial Syrian Air Base

Imagery obtained from AllSource Analysis gives credence to reports of an Islamic State attack on Russian aircraft at the T4 air base. Read more…

In 2005, Kurds in northern Iraq chose who would represent them in their legislature as well as in the Iraqi legislature. It was the first election of its kind in about 50 years. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A Brief Guide to Understanding the Kurds

Citizenship is not always so simple a matter. Read more…