Analysis & Commentary


20th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Syrian Jihadist Groups Reject Rebel Council, Call for Islamic State

Bill Roggio

Fourteen jihadist groups based in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a hub of fighting during the nearly two-year old rebellion against the regime of President Bashir al Assad, have banded together to reject the...

19th November 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Ground to a Halt

Tony Badran

It’s been twenty months since the Syrian people rose up against the regime of Bashar Assad. During this time, large swathes of land in northwestern Syria have fallen out of government control.

13th November 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims Suicide Attack in Hama

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has claimed credit for last week's suicide attack in Hama that killed...

12th November 2012 - Quoted by Michael Peel, Financial Times

Preacher Takes Opposition Lead

Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of Syria’s newly formed umbrella opposition group, is a Sunni Muslim preacher with long experience of persecution by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime – and a record of...

2nd November 2012 - Quoted by Reuters

Insight: In Syrian Sanctions, Some Gains but Much Uncertainty

Mark Dubowitz

Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad,...

1st November 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Obama Runs From Iran

Tony Badran

The Iranian challenge to US interests and allies is the most pressing strategic issue for Washington in the Middle East. With the US election less than a week away, now is as good a time as any to look...

25th October 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Who Killed Wissam al-Hassan?

Tony Badran

Who killed Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan? Following the assassination last Friday, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt blamed Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. However, Jumblatt...

24th October 2012 - New York Daily News

Two ‘Leaders’ Let the Blood Flow

Describing his opponent’s position on Syria in Monday night’s third and final presidential debate, President Obama said that Mitt Romney “doesn’t have different ideas.”

19th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Commanded Free Syrian Army Unit, ‘Chechen Emigrants,’ in Assault on Syrian Base

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, commanded a Free Syrian Army unit...

18th October 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Helping to Hurt

Tony Badran

Over the last two weeks, the Syrian regime has directed mortar and artillery fire at Turkish villages. The US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone, might have stated...

12th October 2012 - The Weekly Standard

A Foreign Policy Without Principle or Prudence

After almost a week of exchanging fire with Syrian troops across its southern border, Turkey finds itself embroiled on another, albeit related, international front. Wednesday the Turkish air force scrambled...

10th October 2012 - Quoted by Justin Vela, Foreign Policy

Holding Civil Society Workshops While Syria Burns

Syria's bloody civil war is threatening to turn into a regional conflict. For six days in a row as of Oct. 8, Turkey has lobbed artillery into northern Syria in response to shells from President Bashar al-Assad's military...

9th October 2012 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Syria’s Civil War Leaves Its Cities, Economy and Cultural Heritage in Shambles

In Syria’s cities and towns, entire blocks of apartment buildings have been shattered, their top floors reduced to pancaked slabs of concrete. Centuries-old markets have been gutted by flames and gunfire in places like Aleppo and Homs...

9th October 2012 - NOW Lebanon

What’s Happening in Qardaha?

Tony Badran

Last week, Mohammed Assad, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, was shot and critically wounded in Qardaha, hometown of the Assads in the coastal mountains of Syria. For a...

3rd October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims 2 Suicide, 2 Car Bombings in Aleppo

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has claimed credit for four bombings in Aleppo today...

1st October 2012 - Foreign Policy

Rebels With a Cause, But Not Much Consensus

As President Bashar al-Assad's forces disintegrate, the Syrian civil war is devolving into a battle between Sunni rebel groups and Alawite-dominated militias fighting in support of the old...

29th September 2012 - Quoted by Victor Kotsev, Asia Times

Syria Between Hama 1982 and Lebanon

Recent talks between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels appear to have hit a hard spot. The Egyptian peace initiative is on the rocks after the failure of...

28th September 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Claims Complex Suicide Assault on Syrian Army HQ

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad's regime in Syria, has claimed credit for the Sept. 26 complex suicide...

26th September 2012 - Quoted by Whitney Eulich, Christian Science Monitor

Twin Bombings Shake Syrian Capital as UN Debates How to End the Fighting

Syrian rebels bombed Army headquarters in Damascus today in the second consecutive day of attacks on government troops and facilities in the city – underscoring the rebels’ ability to...

25th September 2012 - Syrian Revolution Digest

The Shredded Tapestry: The State of Syria Today

For many months, rebel groups were on their own when it came to procuring weapons and supplies. The situation changed six months ago, with the establishment of a special Turkish-Qatari-Saudi...

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