David Ignatius / Politics

The Challenge Inside Syria

REYHANLI, Turkey -- As Syrian rebel commander Hamza al-Shamali describes the battle inside Syria, a few miles across the border, the immediate problem isn't defeating the Islamic State. It's coordinating the ragtag brigades of the Free Syrian Army...

A Hunger for Change

ISTANBUL -- Talking to young tech entrepreneurs gathered at a conference here, you hear the hunger for change that is pervasive in the Middle East. They're frustrated and angry about the status quo, not least because they fear it has helped spawn ...

Jihad, by the Book

ISTANBUL -- It may not be as revealing as "Mein Kampf" or "The Communist Manifesto." But people looking for insight into the extremist strategy that inflames the fighters of the Islamic State might begin with a book chillingly titled "The ...

A War Strategy Develops

WASHINGTON -- The symbolism Tuesday was appropriate for a nation at war: A somber president in a plain blue suit describing military strikes in Syria the night before, an American flag fixed in his lapel while a Marine Corps helicopter waited ...

James Clapper: We Underestimated the Islamic State

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam -- by underestimating the enemy's will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

Clapper's comments ...

U.S. Boots Already on the Ground

WASHINGTON -- Here's a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops...