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15th July 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

First Take: Turkey coup attempt has parallels to Egypt

Aykan Erdemir

The military coup attempt in Turkey, the country's fifth since 1960, is reminiscent of a recent military takeover against the democratically elected president of Egypt. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Former CIA Chief: We Totally Dropped the Ball on Al Qaeda’s Rebound

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A former CIA chief has admitted in a new tell-all book that the intelligence organization badly misjudged Qaeda's rebound during the Arab Spring, Greg Miller of The Washington Post reports. more...

24th April 2014 – Quoted by Catherine Herridge, Fox News

Top Al Qaeda Commander Relocates to Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

A member of Al Qaeda's senior leadership, Sanafi al Nasr, has relocated to Syria, where he is living openly and publicly courts his followers on twitter, according... more...

23rd March 2014 – Quoted by Sarah Lynch, USA Today

Tunisia, Arab Spring’s Birthplace, Takes on Militants

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist militants across North Africa have been fighting governments in Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Mali for not imposing harsh sharia law, launching terror attacks... more...

15th March 2014 – Quoted by Raed Omari, Al Arabiya

Syria to Remain Unchanged in 2014

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The deadly Syrian crisis has officially entered its fourth year just very recently with nothing changing on the ground except certainly for the number of reported causalities... more...

7th March 2014 – Quoted by Zeina Karam, The Associated Press

Militant Grip Transforms, Terrorizes Syrian City

Thomas Joscelyn

Once a vibrant, religiously mixed community, Syria's eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former self, terrorized by hard-line militants who have turned it into... more...

7th March 2014 – Quoted by AFP

Syria War May Last 10 More Years: Experts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar al-Assad's regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield... more...

24th February 2014 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Jihadist Vendetta Takes Out Qaeda Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaeda’s top leader in Syria was killed on Sunday in a suicide bombing in the city of Aleppo that some rebels say was carried out by a jihadist group recently... more...

21st February 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Al-Qaida Unlikely to Force Hezbollah Out of Syria

Tony Badran

Could the continued onslaught by al-Qaida-linked jihadists force Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from the Syrian war? Probably not. Such a withdrawal would seemingly... more...

19th February 2014 – Quoted by Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon

Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows

Thomas Joscelyn

Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions. more...

18th February 2014 – Cited by Karl Vick, Time

Egypt Terror Group Gives Tourists Two Days to Get Out

Ansar Jerusalem, a shadowy but prolific terrorist group based in Egypt’s lawless Sinai Peninsula, has announced it carried out the bombing of a tourist bus near... more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

British Jihadists Torture Syrian Rebel

Jonathan Schanzer

The biggest looming security threat for many Western countries, including the United States, will come from hundreds of jihadists returning home after cutting... more...

6th February 2014 – Quoted by Mariam Fam and Caroline Alexander, Bloomberg

Jihadi Threat Grows as Egypt Turns to al-Seesi for Security

The rise of Abdelfatah al-Seesi in Egypt is pouring fuel on an Islamist militant campaign that threatens his image as the only man who can restore stability. more...

5th February 2014 – Cited by David Kirkpatrick and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

Jihadist Return Is Said to Drive Attacks in Egypt

In just the last two weeks, Islamist militants have detonated a car bomb at the gates of the capital’s security headquarters, gunned down a senior Interior Ministry... more...

4th February 2014 – Quoted by Daria Solovieva, The Washington Times

Islamists Spread Terrorism in Chaos of Egypt, Target Military to Seize Control

Islamist militants in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula have increased the number and range of their attacks on military targets as they push to undermine Egypt’s top... more...

4th February 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Syria Holding Onto Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Syria will miss a second deadline to turn over its chemical weapons components for destruction Wednesday amid a British report that Bashar Assad's regime... more...

3rd February 2014 – Quoted by Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

Egypt’s Sea of Troubles

The growing and sophisticated insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula, along with its declared emphasis on attacking the Egyptian regime's economic lifeblood, has raised... more...

2nd February 2014 – Quoted by Jay Deshmukh, AFP

Shadowy Jihadist Group Poses Grave Threat to Egypt

A jihadist group behind a wave of spectacular attacks poses a serious threat to Egypt's stability as political turmoil triggered by the Islamist president's ouster rocks... more...

31st January 2014 – Quoted by Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian

Egypt Faces New Threat in al-Qaida-Linked Group Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis

An al-Qaida-inspired group has emerged as Egypt's biggest terrorist threat in a decade, after a week in which its members claimed responsibility for shooting down... more...

31st January 2014 – Quoted by Borzou Daragahi, The Financial Times

Sinai Jihadi Group Emerges at Forefront of Egypt Violence

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. A once obscure jihadi group... 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?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC