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12th September 2014 – Now Media

A Chronically Fractured Kurdistan

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State (ISIS) made gains in Iraq in recent months, the Kurds have come to the forefront of media analysis. more...

11th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results. more...

10th September 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Don’t Forget About Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama is set to discuss his plan for confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a primetime speech this evening. more...

10th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Eulogy Commemorating Ahrar al Sham Leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a statement honoring the Ahrar al Sham leaders killed in yesterday's explosion. Al Nusrah says they were among the "best" of men and leaders. more...

9th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Head of Islamic Front, Other Senior Leaders Killed in Explosion

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front announced today that more than one dozen of its senior leaders were killed in a car bombing in Idlib. Among the slain leaders is Hassan Abboud, who was the leader of Ahrar al Sham and the head of the Islamic Front's political office. Abboud was especially close to Ayman al Zawahiri's representative in Syria. more...

8th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases English-Language Summary of Monthly Operations

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released an English-language pamphlet highlighting its activities throughout the month of August. The publication focuses on the group's military operations, including targeting Assad's forces and Hezbollah fighters, as well as its social work. more...

6th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Veteran Takes On A More Prominent Role As Spokesman in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Firas al Suri long served as a clandestine figure in al Qaeda's international terrorist network. Today he serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman. He is tasked with defending Al Nusrah's capture of more than 40 UN peacekeepers. more...

5th September 2014 – Now Media

Minority Report

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

5th September 2014 – Business Insider

A Syrian Christian Businessman May Be Serving As The Assad Regime’s Liaison With ISIS

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

3rd September 2014 – The Washington Times

A Plan For Crushing The Islamic State

It is astonishing that nearly six years into the tenure of any administration the commander-in-chief would acknowledge publicly that he has no strategy for addressing an evident, serious threat to American interests. more...

31st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Announces Detention of 45 UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has announced its responsibility for the detention of 45 UN peacekeepers in Syria. The group claims its actions are justified because the UN supposedly works "against Muslims." more...

29th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic Front and Al Nusrah Front Promote ‘Liberation’ of Border Crossing

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and the Islamic Front, a coalition of several rebel groups, are using their social media pages to highlight their involvement in the rebels' assault on the Quneitra border crossing. more...

27th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Documents Takeover of Syrian Airbase

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released photographs that document its recent takeover of the Syrian Air Force's base in Tabqa in Raqqah province. more...

25th August 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Why Al Qaeda Released An American Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors. more...

24th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Fighters Assault Last Syrian Stronghold in Raqqah

Bill Roggio

Islamic State fighters are reported to be in control of large areas of the Tabqa military airport, the last major stronghold for the Syrian military in Raqqah province. more...

22nd August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front attempts to thwart Islamic State’s advances north of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

A video released by the Al Nusrah Front features three fighters shortly before they head off to fight the Islamic State's jihadists, who have advanced on rebel positions north of Aleppo. more...

21st August 2014 – Now Lebanon

The U.S. Is Following Iran’s Lead In Both Syria and Iraq

Tony Badran

President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS). more...

20th August 2014 – The Washington Times

Gen. Flynn’s Warning

Clifford D. May

Two recent interviews have been the topic of lively debate within the so-called foreign policy community. more...

20th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Launched Raid in Syria To Rescue American Hostages Held By Islamic State

Bill Roggio

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today. more...

19th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq. more...

Experts

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Reuel Marc Gerecht

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Toby Dershowitz

Vice President, Government Relations and Strategy

Events

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?