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Mike Giglio

Staff Writer

Mike Giglio is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering intelligence and national security. He is the author of "Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate." He was previously based in Istanbul as correspondent for BuzzFeed, reporting on the wars in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine.
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A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans

An Atlantic investigation reveals who they are and what they might do on Election Day.

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Trump’s War on the Intelligence Community Is Also About US Elections

With a loyalist as acting director of national intelligence, the official line on issues like Russian election meddling could bend closer to the president’s.

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The Inconvenient Truth About ISIS

The group is even bigger now, and America’s conflict with Iran is only making the fight against it more complicated.

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The Soleimani Assassination Is America’s Most Consequential Strike This Century

The U.S. attack against the top Iranian general will have far greater repercussions than the killings of al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders.

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The Intelligence Fallout From Trump’s Withdrawal in Syria

The chaotic withdrawal from Syria will severely weaken U.S. efforts in the country—and could also be a boost for Russia and Iran.

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The Forever War Fought by America’s Allies

The U.S.-backed soldiers who battled ISIS across Syria and Iraq could be locked in the struggle for a very long time.

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The US Government Keeps Too Many Secrets

American officials classify too much information, from the trivial to the politically inconvenient. The overreliance on secrecy invites abuse.

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Why America Needs Ukraine

Trump’s push to get Ukraine’s new president to do his political bidding threatens to undermine a key U.S. partnership in countering Russia.

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China’s Spies Are on the Offensive. Can the US Fend Them Off?

Recent events suggest Beijing has increased both the scope and the sophistication of its efforts to steal American secrets.

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The Fight Against White Nationalism Is Different

The fight against ISIS offers some lessons—but also a cautionary tale on U.S. failures to combat an ideology.

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Iran Is Acting Like the International Villain of Trump’s Prophecy

Any number of relatively mundane scenarios now have the potential to escalate U.S.-Iran tensions—from a fire at a militia base to the seizure of an oil tanker to the signal-jamming of a drone.

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How to Navigate the Fog of War on Iran

The question of how to read U.S. intelligence on Iranian threats—and how to respond to them—is at the center of a debate over military escalation.

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The Partisan Divide on How to Read the Intelligence on Iran

Adam Schiff lays out his worries on the intelligence, but the Trump administration is pushing back.

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The Flash Point Between America and Iran Could Be Iraq's Militias

U.S. troops and Iran-backed fighters had an alliance of sorts in the anti-ISIS campaign. With Washington and Tehran at odds, could they turn on each other?