"Syria's Descent into Madness" is the cover story of the May 27 Time magazine, recounting the act of ritual cannibalism by a Syrian rebel commander that transfixed the West last week.

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Errors by the party in power can get America into trouble; real catastrophes require consensus.

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A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.

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To hear Obama administration officials talk about the Syrian civil war, you'd think it all hinges on the fate of one man.

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Analysts agree that "the erosion of the Syrian regime's capabilities is accelerating," that it step-by-step continues to retreat, making a rebel breakthrough and an Islamist victory increasingly likely.

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The horrors of today's Syria – repression, civil war, barbarity – resulted from many developments; one of the most important occurred 50 years ago today.

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How do the jihadist rebels generally conceive of jihad in the Syrian civil war? One useful way to look into this question is to examine the Qur'anic verses pertaining to warfare cited in propaganda statements.

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Al-Qaeda is back in Iraq, a fact underscored by a wave of spectacular attacks this summer. With 325 Iraqis killed by militants, according to statistics released on August 1 by the Iraqi Health Ministry,

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