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2nd December 2015 – The Hill

Britain’s Corbyn Is No Laughing Matter

Oren Kessler

"Few people outside Britain have ever heard of Jeremy Corbyn," the British journalist Nick Cohen wrote in July, dubbing the member of Parliament (MP) the "long-shot" candidate to lead the Labour Party. Half a year later, Corbyn is Labour chairman, and still, few outside his home country know his name. They should. more...

1st December 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Israel Holds Firm to Red Lines in Syria Despite Russian Presence

David Daoud

Israel reportedly carried out four airstrikes in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border last week, killing eight Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian soldiers, and wounding dozens. more...

29th November 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Are France and the EU Serious About Combating Jihadism?

Benjamin Weinthal

France's Socialist President Francois Hollande declared on Friday that he will leave no stone unturned in his country’s response to Islamic State’s massacre of 130 people in Paris. more...

28th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

British Prime Minister Highlights Islamic State’s Threat to UK, West

Thomas Joscelyn

Britain’s police and security services have “disrupted no fewer than 7 terrorist plots to attack the UK” in the past 12 months, all of which “were either linked to” the Islamic State or “inspired” by the group’s propaganda, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron. more...

25th November 2015 – The Washington Times

Memo to Presidential Campaign Advisers

Clifford D. May

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France – and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel – have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the election, the landscape may stay altered even if there are no more attacks – and that seems unlikely. more...

24th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches Counteroffensive in Syria’s Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh coalition, which is led by jihadist groups, claims to have overrun several towns and villages in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province in the past 24 hours. Leading factions in Jaysh al Fateh, including Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, have posted a series of videos and images on social media from the areas they say have fallen. more...

22nd November 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: How Iran Exploits ISIS to Wage Terror

Benjamin Weinthal

The intense Western effort to decimate Islamic State after the terrorist entity executed attacks in Paris has largely relegated Iranian and Hezbollah jingoism in Syria and Iraq to a secondary status. more...

20th November 2015 – FDD Press

Monumental Fight: Countering the Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the four and a half years since the Syrian civil war began, the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) has become one of the most destabilizing actors in the Middle East. more...

16th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Key Suspect in Paris Attacks Has Been Featured in Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

European officials have identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian man whose parents are from Morocco, as a key suspect in last week’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. Abaaoud has been featured by the Islamic State in its propaganda for plotting terrorist attacks in Europe in the past. more...

11th November 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

How Canada Can Help Stem The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sheryl Saperia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the complexities of implementing his laudable campaign pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year. more...

11th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Assad Regime, Allies Break Islamic State’s Siege of Air Base in Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Syrian Army and allied forces have broken the Islamic State’s siege of the Kweiris air base in Aleppo province, according to Bashar al Assad’s regime and independent sources. more...

6th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Russian Airstrikes Target Islamic State in Multiple Locations Throughout Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In the past week, the Islamic State released dozens of pictures allegedly depicting the aftermath of recent Russian airstrikes in Syria. At least two photosets focus on the city of Raqqa, the de facto home of the “caliphate.” The images from Raqqa show buildings reduced to rubble, pummeled vehicles, cratered roads and demolished bridges. more...

5th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Front Group Claims Success in Key Syrian Town

Thomas Joscelyn

Jund al Aqsa, an al Qaeda front group in Syria, claims to have seized much of the town of Morek from Bashar al Assad’s regime. The town sits on a major highway connecting the cities of Aleppo and Hama. The group posted celebratory photos (seen above and below) on its official Twitter feed earlier today. The images show the jihadists in control of positions within Morek. more...

5th November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Senior IRGC Officers Killed During Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

A brigadier general and a colonel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed while fighting jihadists and rebels in Syria over the past several weeks. Nine other IRGC members were also killed during that time. more...

2nd November 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Chief Calls for Jihadist Unity to ‘Liberate Jerusalem’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a new audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri, who addresses recent events at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The audio speech is embedded in a video that is nearly 16 minutes long and features archival footage of Osama bin Laden, a still image of Zawahiri, and scrolling text throughout. more...

30th October 2015 – Tablet Magazine

Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah. more...

29th October 2015 – The Arab Weekly

Key Differences in the Tehran-Moscow Axis

Ali Larijani wore black during the Ashura days of Shia mourning for the Prophet’s grandson Hussein while attending the Valdai International Discussion Club’s October 23rd plenary ses­sion. more...

29th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria Train for Urban Warfare

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State and its jihadist rival Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, are training forces to conduct urban warfare at camps inside Syria. more...

29th October 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

Flirting With Disaster

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Syrian refugee crisis has so far elicited both solidarity and anxiety in Europe. Neither response offers a policy solution. more...

29th October 2015 – War on the Rocks

The Social Science of Online Radicalization

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As Charlie Winter noted recently at War on the Rocks, the Islamic State’s robust social media apparatus has been propagating a remarkably effective, multi-faceted communications strategy that incorporates narratives of statehood, military success, and religious legitimacy. more...

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Events

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?