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3rd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next. more...

2nd October 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah. more...

1st October 2014 – The Long War Journal

AQAP Official Calls on Rival Factions in Syria to Unite Against West

Thomas Joscelyn

Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, an AQAP leader, is featured in a new video calling on rival jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemies. Al Ansi says the jihadists should form a "coalition" to strike America. more...

30th September 2014 – Now Lebanon

Is a Buffer Zone on the Israeli-Syrian Border Feasible?

Tony Badran

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states. more...

29th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight against the Islamic State. more...

27th September 2014 – MilitaryEdge.org

The Coalition’s High Wire Act in Syria: Striking ISIS and Avoiding the Regime

Patrick Megahan

When coalition pilots penetrated Syrian airspace early Tuesday morning, it was unclear if they would just strike Islamic State targets or clash with the Syrian regime. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senior Islamic State Military Commander, ‘Emir of Suicide Bombers’ Among Treasury’s Terrorism Design

Bill Roggio

Islamic State military leader Omar al Shishani and 'emir of suicide bombers' Tariq Bin Al Tahar Bin Al Falih Al 'Awni Al Harzi were among five members of the group added to the terrorism list today. more...

24th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Targets Islamic State in 8 Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Bill Roggio

The most recent attacks did not hit the Khorasan group, al Qaeda's leadership cadre inside Syria that is plotting to attack the West. more...

24th September 2014 – Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Airstrikes Target Al Nusrah Front, Islamic State in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on Twitter have posted pictures of Al Nusrah Front locations struck in the US bombing campaign in Syria. The strikes are aimed at the so-called Khorasan group, which has been planning attacks against the US and its interests, as well as a number of other targets. Jihadists claim that al Qaeda veterans have been killed in the bombings. more...

23rd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Posts Photos Showing Aftermath of US Bombings

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has posted a series of photos purportedly showing sites struck by the US. more...

22nd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Air War Against Jihadists in Syria Begins

Bill Roggio

Airstrikes targeted Islamic State command and control centers in Raqqah, the jihadist group's de facto capital in eastern Syria, as well as arms caches, supply depots, and ground units near the Iraqi border. Also, the US hit al Qaeda's Khorasan Group near Aleppo. more...

21st September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Threatens to Execute 2nd Lebanese Hostage

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has threatened to kill a second Lebanese hostage. The group has already executed a Lebanese soldier who had been held in its custody since August. more...

18th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Assaults City in Syrian Kurdistan

Bill Roggio

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province. more...

18th September 2014 – Now Lebanon

Bigotry Behind The Cassock

Tony Badran

Last week, an indignant audience including prelates and leaders of the Eastern Christian churches, booed Senator Ted Cruz off the stage while he was speaking in Washington at the gala dinner for a conference held by the In Defense of Christians (IDC) organization. more...

17th September 2014 – War on the Rocks

The Islamic State’s Vulnerability

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the U.S. military joins with its allies and temporarily-aligned enemies to fulfill President Obama’s promise to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the self-proclaimed caliphate that spans portions of Iraq and Syria, it’s worth understanding the vulnerability of that foe. more...

15th September 2014 – The Weekly Standard

They Have a Strategy

Thomas Joscelyn

During a press conference on August 28, Barack Obama had a rare moment of candor. more...

13th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads British Citizen, Threatens Another

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013. more...

12th September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front Explains Decision to Release UN Peacekeepers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, explained its decision to release more than 40 UN peacekeepers in a video released earlier this week. The group disputes published reports saying that it demanded to be taken off the UN's list of designated terrorist organizations. And it says the hostages were freed in compliance with sharia law. more...

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...

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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?