The coronavirus has reignited the post-9/11 debate about security and civil liberties. The U.S. response to that tragedy has lessons for how to manage the trade-offs this time around.
Mike GiglioHere's my deep dive for @TheAtlantic on the hard debate about surveillance and privacy in the pandemic and what lessons we can learn from the U.S. response to 9/11—with insight from people who've spent years grappling with these issues in counterterrorism
Larry Nicholson once led 20,000 troops in Afghanistan; now he’s making sure you don’t run out of food during the coronavirus crisis.
Mike Gigliogreat story by @kgilsinan. one of the things keeping Americans sane is the fact that our grocery stores are still stocked. and one of the people working behind the scenes to make this happen is this retired general who once led 20,000 troops in Afghanistan
He’s never seen a disease quite like COVID-19, nor has he ever worked for a president quite like Trump.
Mike Giglio"I don’t think they’re going to try to silence me. ... And I don’t even think they want to. I think, in some respects, they welcome my voice out there telling the truth." @PeterAtlantic interviews Anthony Fauci on the pandemic and Trump
Their saga shows America’s deep malaise about the civil war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis. Will anything change in 2020?
Mike GiglioI’ve been following the tragic saga of these Syrian sisters for years and am grateful to be able to share their story in @TheAtlantic today. It explains America’s failure to address the civil war and refugee crisis—and the stakes for all Syrians in 2020
The group is even bigger now, and America’s conflict with Iran is only making the fight against it more complicated.
Mike GiglioISIS is not just surviving but thriving, @masrour_barzani, the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, tells @kgilsinan and me. An alarming picture of the extent of the ISIS revival from a leader who's played a key role in the U.S.-led war from the start
The embassy attackers got far more attention than a broad-based Iraqi reform movement, which is now imperiled by U.S.-Iranian tensions.
Mike Giglio"A new Iraqi nationalism was being fostered by a generation that had a new set of grievances." Awesome to see @RashaAlAqeedi in @TheAtlantic. Insightful piece on Iraq's peaceful protest movement and the risks it faces after the Soleimani strike
Journalist Mike Giglio joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book on the rise and fall of the ISIS caliphate in the Middle East.
Mike GiglioI joined @bdomenech on the @FDRLST podcast for a really thoughtful talk on my book, the ghosts of the Iraq War, the paranoia of covering ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, and my fear that this paranoia has spread through the rest of the world. Listen here
Mike GiglioIt was great to join @bdomenech on the @FDRLST podcast to discuss my book on the war with ISIS and the impact the conflict has had not just on the region but in America too. Check out our discussion here
As the year draws to a close, PBS NewsHour staff members suggest some of the books that made them slow down and enjoy reading this year.
Mike Giglio"It made me appreciate just how quickly our worlds can change if we’re not paying attention." Great to see my book on @NewsHour's list for 2019. And the writer captured exactly the central message I hoped to get across
Show Popular Front, Ep 60. Syrian Smuggling, Iraqi Special Forces, and ISIS Oil - Nov 19, 2019
Mike GiglioGreat talk with my man @Jake_Hanrahan on the @PopularFrontCO podcast about conflict reporting and the years of field work from Iraq, Syria and southern Turkey that went into my book on the war against ISIS. Check it out here
During a few wild weeks in October, U.S. allies watched as their own worst nightmare befell America’s Kurdish partners in Syria. Here’s what that means for America’s standing in the world.
Mike Giglio"The premise of America’s network of alliances and collective-security arrangements has been that the U.S. will have its friends’ back." @UriLF goes deep on what happens when that premise breaks down. Great piece
U.S. military officials watched live drone feeds last month that appeared to show Turkish-backed Arab gunmen targeting civilians during their assault on Kurdish fighters in Syria, attacks the Americans reported to their commanders as possible war...
Mike GiglioU.S. military officials have watched live drone feeds showing Turkey-backed fighters carrying out war crimes during their assault on Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria. Important story from @DionNissenbaum
The White Helmets’ financial backing is not the real reason why the pro-Assad camp is so bent on defaming them. Since 2015, the year the Russians began fighting in Syria, the White Helmets have been filming attacks on opposition-held areas with...
Mike Gigliore-upping this important story—on why Russia and Assad target the White Helmets in Syria—in light of founder James Le Mesurier’s death. written by @janinedigi last year
The former army officer helped start the White Helmets, credited with saving thousands of lives in Syria. He died just days after Russia's foreign ministry publicly denounced him
Mike Gigliomore details here: the cause of death is unknown, but Le Mesurier is believed to have fallen from a balcony, @Beltrew reports. This comes three days after he was called a spy by Russia’s foreign ministry
Baghdadi’s fall won’t even be the end of ISIS, let alone the war on terror.
Mike GiglioThis is an extremely insightful article and personal reflection by @MazMHussain on the muted response to Baghdadi's death and the sad reality that America's war on terror shows no sign of ending. Proud to have my book and some of my thoughts cited here
The self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS had already lost his state, even before he reportedly lost his life.
Mike Giglio.@gcaw's obit: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the hirsute rapist whom hundreds of thousands of Islamic State supporters considered their absolute leader, died yesterday during a U.S. military raid in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province."
Syrian Kurds spent five months gathering intelligence on Baghdadi.
Mike GiglioBaghdadi's capture was the direct result of the SOF and intelligence relationship between the U.S. and Syrian Kurds—carried out by the Delta Force and aided by intel the Kurds collected. This is exactly the kind of work Trump's withdrawal will undermine