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4th February 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: DIA Head Warns al Qaeda in Syria May Gain Ground in 2015

Thomas Joscelyn

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, the director of the DIA, testified before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Stewart warned that al Qaeda in Syria may gain ground in 2015, the Islamic State remains capable of launching offensive operations despite the coalition's air campaign, and the Taliban-led insurgency has fought its opposition to a stalemate in Afghanistan. more...

2nd February 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s Push Into Syria Means Another War Between Hezbollah and Israel is All but Inevitable

Tony Badran

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah finally delivered his long-postponed speech on Friday, after his group claimed responsibility for the attack against an Israeli patrol in the Shebaa area two days earlier. more...

31st January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Battles Western-Backed Rebels Outside Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has taken the fight to the Hazm Movement in the areas surrounding Aleppo. Hazm is one of the few rebel groups to receive Western aid and arms in the Syrian war. more...

27th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State is Forced From Kobane

Bill Roggio

After months of fighting for control of the Syrian border town, the Islamic State has withdrawn from Kobane in the face of advances by Kurdish forces and Syrian rebels. more...

26th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Western-Backed Rebels Overrun Key Regime Base South of Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham fought side-by-side with Western-backed rebels in a battle to take a key Assad regime base in southern Syria. more...

24th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian Political and Military Leaders Laud Qods Force General Killed in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Political and Military elites of the Islamic Republic weigh-in on the death of Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Allah-Dadi, the IRGC-QF member killed in Syria by an Israeli helicopter attack.Their commentary indicates a desire to establish deterrence, at least rhetorically, and tout their globalist message pertaining to the Islamic Revolution. more...

15th January 2015 – Business Insider

Hezbollah, Iran, And The Assad Regime Are Trying To Cash In On The Paris Attacks

Tony Badran

France’s pain is an opportunity for others to gain. more...

8th January 2015 – Business Insider

The US Is Increasingly Aligning Itself With Russia And Iran On Syria

Tony Badran

The meeting on Syria that Russia intends to organize in Moscow later this month is, predictably, proving to be a complete fiasco. more...

6th January 2015 – The Atlantic

ISIS Is Losing Its Greatest Weapon: Momentum

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There was a time when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria appeared unstoppable. more...

28th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Continue to Advertise Training Camps in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Several jihadist groups operating in Iraq and Syria continue to showcase facilities used to train their fighters. Since Dec. 1, seven new camps have been identified by The Long War Journal. Of the seven, six are in Syria and one is in Iraq. This brings the total number of training camps identified in Iraq and Syria to 64. more...

24th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Shoots Down Jordanian Warplane in Raqqah, Captures Pilot

Bill Roggio

The Jordanian Armed Forces confirmed that one of its aircraft has been shot down over Syria and its pilot is in the hands of the Islamic State. more...

19th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State Deputy Emir, 2 Senior Commanders in Recent Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Among those killed was Abu Musallam al Turkumani, a top deputy of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Turkumani served in Saddam Hussein's military before joining the Islamic State. more...

18th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Mass Grave of Islamic State’s Victims Reportedly Found in Eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A mass grave of approximately 230 Sheitaat tribesmen has been reportedly found in eastern Syria. The tribe has been battling the Islamic State since earlier this year. more...

15th December 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Advance in Northwestern Syria

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, backed by Jund al Aqsa, Ahrar al Sham, and several other groups, has launched an offensive on two major regime bases in the northwestern province of Idlib. more...

11th December 2014 – Now Lebanon

Exploding the Israel-Assad Myth

Tony Badran

To this day, some even remain convinced that Israel’s supposed preference for the Assad regime stands behind Washington’s de facto pro-Assad policy more...

4th December 2014 – Now Media

Word in the White House: “De-Escalation”

Tony Badran

On Monday, news came out in three different reports that the US, in consultation with Turkey, was considering the establishment of a safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border. more...

30th November 2014 – Letter to the Editor - The Boston Globe

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Extremism Will Continue to Block Peace in Syria

David Andrew Weinberg

THE EDITORIAL “Peace in Syria requires Saudi Arabia and Iran thaw” mistakenly bought into questionable Iraqi and Iranian news reports, rebutted by Newsweek, that claim Saudi King Abdullah granted a pardon to Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The sheik, who led Arab Spring protests by the kingdom’s Shiite minority, has been sentenced to death on vague charges for his peaceful criticism of authoritarian Saudi policies. more...

27th November 2014 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists Tout Training Camps for Children in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Junud al Sham have been showcasing camps in Iraq and Syria that are used to indoctrinate and train children to wage jihad. more...

23rd November 2014 – The Long War Journal

More Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

Four new training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified, including one used by a so-called jihadist "special forces" unit. The Long War Journal has identified 46 jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria. more...

20th November 2014 – Business Insider

Obama Is Making His Middle East Allies Look Like Chumps

Tony Badran

Last week, CNN reported that President Barack Obama had asked his national security team for a review of the Syria policy. According to the report, the review is premised on the recognition that removing Bashar Assad from power is a necessary element in the strategy to defeat the Islamic State group (ISIS) in Syria. more...


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13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?

7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?