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21st September 2016 – Tablet Magazine

Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease

Tony Badran

America’s settled policy of standing by while half a million Syrians have been killed, millions have become refugees, and large swaths of their country have been reduced to rubble is not a simple “mistake,” as critics like Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen have lately claimed. more...

16th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

US military kills Islamic State’s ‘Minister of Information’

Bill Roggio

The US military announced today that it killed the Islamic State’s “Minister of Information” and central shura member in an airstrike near Raqqah, the jihadist group’s capital in Syria, ten days ago. more...

13th September 2016 – Foreign Policy

Russia’s Middle East Offensive

John Hannah

Even before Russian bombers launched strikes into Syria from an Iranian air base last month, it was clear that one of President Barack Obama’s more dubious foreign policy legacies would be the resurrection of Moscow’s great power status in the Middle East. more...

7th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Soleimani’s presence in Aleppo underscores strategy of crushing rebels

Amir Toumaj

Photos have emerged claiming that Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite foreign operations unit, the Qods Force, is in Aleppo, Syria. more...

6th September 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims more than 700 suicide attacks since beginning of the year

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 729 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first eight months of 2016. more...

2nd September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Israel’s Humanitarian Efforts in Southern Syria

John Cappello

Israel has so far been able to insulate itself from the devastating effects of the civil war in Syria, which has been raging since 2011. However, there is a growing understanding within the Israeli security establishment that the status quo is not sustainable and that Israel must reexamine its strategy. more...

30th August 2016 – New York Post

Team Obama’s appalling smugness on Syrian refugees

Jonathan Schanzer

State Department spokesman John Kirby sang the praises of President Obama’s Syria policy on Monday. And boy, was he tone deaf. more...

16th August 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian Air Force stations bombers in Iranian air base to strike in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russian defense officials confirmed on Tuesday that its warplanes are staging from an air base in Iran’s western province of Hamedan to launch sorties against jihadist and rebel groups in Syria. The confirmation follows yesterday’s report by the Arab outlet Al Masdar. more...

21st July 2016 – The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse. more...

9th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Russian helicopter downed by the Islamic State near Palmyra, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State downed a Russian helicopter east of Palmyra, Syria yesterday. The Russian Defense Ministry initially denied losing any helicopter. But the Russians changed their story after the so-called caliphate released a video of the attack today. The video can be viewed above. more...

8th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims nearly 600 suicide attacks in first six months of 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 589 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first six months of 2016. more...

28th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels attack Syrian regime positions in Latakia province

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist-led Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition and its allies launched a new assault on Syrian regime positions in the coastal province of Latakia on June 27. The offensive, named the “Battle of Yarmouk,” involves a mix of jihadists and fighters affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). more...

24th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda and allies gain more ground in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-June, the Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) alliance began a new offensive targeting three villages south of the city of Aleppo: Khalsa, Bernah, and Zeitan. The jihadist-led coalition quickly claimed success. more...

22nd June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims 3 Russian soldiers killed in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Three Russian soldiers were allegedly killed when a roadside bomb exploded in northern Syria, according to Amaq News Agency, which is one of the Islamic State’s main propaganda arms. more...

21st June 2016 – The Washington Times

Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan

The situation in Syria remains bleak, with no end in sight to its five-year civil war. President Bashar Assad’s forces and their Russian and Iranian backers continue to lay waste to rebel-held territory, leaving the rebels with shrinking leverage to pressure the regime into a lasting political settlement. more...

14th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

IRGC officer college mourns comrade killed in Syria

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its allies, particularly Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba, have been heavily engaged in combat against Jaish al Fath and Jabhat al Nusra (al-Qaeda’s Syria branch) in southern Aleppo in the past two weeks, with the IRGC losing at least 13 men since the beginning of June. more...

8th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s prolific ‘martyrdom’ machine

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 489 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first five months of 2016. The figure comes from monthly data published by Amaq News Agency, a propaganda arm of the so-called caliphate that releases infographics summarizing the group’s suicide attacks. more...

6th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda religious official in Syria returns to social media

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda religious official in Syria has returned to social media in the past 24 hours after a prolonged absence. The jihadist known as Abu Sulayman al Muhajir has launched a new Telegram channel and Twitter feed. more...

4th June 2016 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front and allies launch new offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh (“Army of Conquest”) coalition, which was cofounded by Al Nusrah Front and its closest allies, has launched a new offensive in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province. more...

2nd June 2016 – FDD Press

Russian Hybrid Warfare: How to Confront a New Challenge to the West

Russian Hybrid Warfare: How to Confront a New Challenge to the West

Pasi Eronen

In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s Armed Forces, publicly unveiled a fresh idea. In what came to be called the Gerasimov Doctrine,1 he described “new-generation” warfare – pre-emptive operations employing a mixture of nonmilitary and military measures to achieve political goals, deploying all elements of society. more...

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9th June 2016 - 4:00 PM

Genocide by ISIS: The Plight of Yazidis in Iraq & Syria

When ISIS began attacking the Yazidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains in 2014, Ms. Dakhil brought international attention to the catastrophe through an impassioned parliamentary address, pleading for protection and assistance for a civilian population facing enslavement or execution.

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?