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13th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Spokesman Explains Differences with Islamic State in Video Appearance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a video released on Aug. 8, Abu Firas al Suri, a senior al Qaeda operative who currently serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman, discusses al Qaeda's approach to waging jihad in Syria. Al Suri denies that Al Nusrah seeks to unilaterally establish an Islamic emirate. more...

12th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Chechen-Led Jihadist Group in Syria Releases Video of Training Camp

Bill Roggio

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban." more...

6th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Syrian Artillery Regiment in Hasakah

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group seized a large amount of military hardware and munitions after overrunning Regiment 121. Chechen commander Omar al Shishani was spotted at the fighting. more...

24th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Describes Its Seizure of Central Syrian Gas Field

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria. more...

23rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government. more...

23rd July 2014 – The Washington Times

Barbarians at Jordan’s Gate 

Clifford D. May

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. more...

11th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Calls for Reconciliation in Syria, Avoids Mentioning Islamic State’s Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has released a statement calling on rival jihadist factions in Syria to reconcile. The Taliban avoids any mention of the Islamic State, which recently decreed... more...

7th July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Popular Australian Cleric Arrives in Syria, Joins Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Musa Cerantonio, a popular cleric, announced he was traveling to Syria the just after the Islamic State declared the formation of the caliphate. more...

3rd July 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Consolidates Gains In Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar province in Iraq. more...

1st July 2014 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Rivals In Syria Reject Announced Caliphate

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well. more...

27th June 2014 – Now Lebanon

A Hard Sell

Tony Badran

Sunni regional powers are unlikely to embrace a policy that disregards their interests. more...

26th June 2014 – Standpoint Magazine

Jihad At The Jewish Museum

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For three years, Western governments have viewed Syria mostly as a problem from hell. more...

25th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Egyptian Al Nusrah Front commander on Syrian border defects to ISIS

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Abu Yusuf al Masri, a leader in Albu Kamal, swore allegiance to a senior "Chechen" commander in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. The move could strengthen ISIS' hold on the Iraq-Syrian border. more...

21st June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS and the Threat to Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and... more...

19th June 2014 – Now Lebanon

The Devil You Don’t Know

Tony Badran

An Iranian-backed presence in southern Syria isn't necessarily better than a Nusra one. more...

16th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war... more...

14th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Tunisia Leader Says Gains in Iraq Should be Cause for Jihadist Reconciliation

Thomas Joscelyn

The head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, Abu Iyad al Tunisi, has released a statement calling for reconciliation between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) and other jihadist... more...

7th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

Iraqi Troops Repel ISIS Assault on Mosul

Bill Roggio

Just one day after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham launched an assault on Samarra and briefly took control of five neighborhoods, the jihadist insurgent group... more...

6th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Touts French, German, and Libyan Suicide Bombers in Syria

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham, a former al Qaeda affiliate that operates in Iraq and Syria, praised French, German, and Libyan suicide bombers in the latest release of... more...

5th June 2014 – The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Areas in Central Iraqi City

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of several neighborhoods in the central Iraqi city of Samarra during an assault launched earlier today. more...

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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?

5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?