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  • June 24, 2014

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a predominantly Sunni jihadist group, seeks to sow civil unrest in Iraq and the Levant (region spanning from southern Turkey to Egypt and including Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan) with the aim of establishing a caliphate—a single, transnational Islamic state based on sharia. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2014

    Ukraine’s most prolonged and deadly crisis since its post-Soviet independence began as a protest against the government dropping plans to forge closer trade ties with the European Union and has since spurred a global standoff between Russia and Western powers. Read more in this Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder. Continue reading

  • February 25, 2014

    Suspected members of the hardline Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a school in Damaturu, Nigeria, early Tuesday morning, burning or shooting 29 boys, but sparing the female students, news outlets reported. The Council on Foreign Relations offers this backgrounder on the extremist group. Continue reading

  • February 7, 2014

    A series of suicide bombings ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has brought new attention to Russia’s unstable North Caucasus region. Read more in this Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder. Continue reading

  • September 23, 2013

    These suspected Al Shabaab fighters were taken into custody by the Somali National Army in 2012. Stuart Price/Getty Images Introduction Al-Shabab, or “The Youth,” is an al-Qaeda-linked militant group and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization fighting for the creation of a … Continue reading