17-Year-Old American Sentenced to Eleven Years In Prison For Tweets Supporting ISIS

An American teenager was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for providing material support to terrorism. But Ali Shukri Amin, just 17 years old, never committed violence in the name of radical Islamic terrorism. His crime was running a Twitter account that celebrated the terrorist group and taught others how to… »8/28/15 1:30pm8/28/15 1:30pm

American Drones Are Killing ISIS Hackers Now

ISIS talks a big talk when it comes to hacking, and United States forces just showed they’re not going to put up with it. The Obama administration just announced that a drone strike has killed the organization’s top cyber-terrorist, Junaid Hussain. At least one American leader says the rest of the ISIS hackers should… »8/27/15 4:05pm8/27/15 4:05pm

The Race To Digitize Iraqi History Before ISIS Can Get To It 

Like so many bully regimes before it, the Islamic State has a talent for propaganda. A big part of that effort is documenting the destruction of everything from architecture to artifacts, even if they’re unwittingly destroying replicas. In Iraq, the cultural heritage is real—and so is the threat. »8/05/15 7:00pm8/05/15 7:00pm

An Intelligence Vet Explains ISIS, Yemen, and "the Dick Cheney of Iraq"

Today marks the beginning of what I hope will be many opportunities to introduce true practitioners in the world of spying and killing to Phase Zero readers. Our first guest is Malcolm Nance, a 34-year veteran intelligence officer who has worked the Iraq mission since 1987, fighting in all of our Middle East wars… »4/22/15 12:14pm4/22/15 12:14pm

France Wants Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Help Fighting Terrorism

When it comes to social media presence, the Islamic State (ISIS) has Western nations completely outgunned. In fact, ISIS and its supports tweet and post upwards of 90,000 times a day and has led to the U.S. and the U.K. to reconsider its propaganda social media strategy. France wants to take a slightly different… »2/22/15 6:22pm2/22/15 6:22pm

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. »2/11/15 1:00pm2/11/15 1:00pm