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Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

12th February 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

Oren Kessler

On February 1, a military transport plane left a Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria, landed at an airfield near Egypt’s border with Libya, then returned to Syria. For months there had been unconfirmed reports that Cairo had sent forces to assist the Syrian regime in the country’s civil war and at first glance the flight appeared to have corroborated those suspicions. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda-linked Uzbek jihadist groups have released videos touting their operations inside Afghanistan. The two groups, Katibat Imam al Bukhari (aka the Imam Bukhari Jamaat) and the Islamic Jihad Union, have claimed attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan. more...

14th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels assault Syrian regime positions in southern city

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 12, the newly formed Hay'at Tahrir al Sham (HTS) and other insurgent groups launched an offensive against Bashar al Assad's regime in the southern city of Daraa. Two HTS suicide bombers were deployed at the beginning of the battle. HTS includes al Qaeda's arm in Syria. more...

14th February 2017 – Quoted by Ben Norton - Salon

A new “moderate” coalition: U.S.-armed Syrian rebels join Al-Qaeda’s “Bin Laden Front”

So-called moderate rebels in Syria that have been vetted and previously armed by the U.S. government and its allies have officially partnered with al-Qaeda’s rebranded local affiliate in a new organization called Tahrir al-Sham. more...

13th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels assault Syrian regime positions in southern city

Thomas Joscelyn

On Feb. 12, the newly formed Hay’at Tahrir al Sham and its allies launched an offensive against Syrian regime forces in the southern city of Daraa. The assault was led by two suicide bombers who detonated their vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) in the regime-controlled neighborhood of al Manshiyeh. Daraa, which lies just several miles from Syria’s border with Jordan, has long been divided between the insurgents on one side and forces loyal to Bashar al Assad on the other. more...