May 27, 2015


The March of Folly in Iraq

The fall of Ramadi to the fighters of the Islamic State is a… [more]

The March of Folly in Iraq The March of Folly in Iraq

A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan

Iranian Kurds break their silence   The events this… [more]

A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan

The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen

A briefing for the Middle East Forum on April 30, 2015. Click… [more]

The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen

Rise of the Islamic State and the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency: Interview with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi

The following interview was originally posted on Musings on Iraq. From… [more]

Rise of the Islamic State and the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency: Interview with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi Rise of the Islamic State and the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency: Interview with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi

MERIA SPECIAL REPORT: NORTHERN STORM AND THE SITUATION IN AZAZ

EDITOR’S NOTE This MERIA special report is the product of… [more]

MERIA SPECIAL REPORT: NORTHERN STORM AND THE SITUATION IN AZAZ MERIA SPECIAL REPORT: NORTHERN STORM AND THE SITUATION IN AZAZ

THE PARTICIPATION OF NORTH CAUCASIAN JIHADISTS IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR AND ITS SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

 This article examines the participation of North Caucasian… [more]

THE PARTICIPATION OF NORTH CAUCASIAN JIHADISTS IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR AND ITS SECURITY IMPLICATIONS THE PARTICIPATION OF NORTH CAUCASIAN JIHADISTS IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR AND ITS SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

ISIS CALIPHATE MEETS CHINA’S SILK ROAD ECONOMIC BELT

This report examines the clashing ambitions between ISIS and… [more]

ISIS CALIPHATE MEETS CHINA’S SILK ROAD ECONOMIC BELT ISIS CALIPHATE MEETS CHINA’S SILK ROAD ECONOMIC BELT

THE PKK AND THE GUERRILLA TRADITION OF TURKEY’S KURDS

Since 1984, the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) has been waging… [more]

THE PKK AND THE GUERRILLA TRADITION OF TURKEY’S KURDS THE PKK AND THE GUERRILLA TRADITION OF TURKEY’S KURDS

THE ISLAMIC STATE VS. THE KURDISH YPG IN NORTHERN-CENTRAL SYRIA: AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

Following is an excerpt from an account of a reporting trip undertaken… [more]

THE ISLAMIC STATE VS. THE KURDISH YPG IN NORTHERN-CENTRAL SYRIA: AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT THE ISLAMIC STATE VS. THE KURDISH YPG IN NORTHERN-CENTRAL SYRIA: AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT

The March of Folly in Iraq

The fall of Ramadi to the fighters of the Islamic State is a disaster for the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The taking of the city brings IS to just over 60 miles from Baghdad. In addition to showcasing the low caliber of the … [Read more...]

A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan

Iranian Kurds break their silence   The events this week in the Mahabad area of Iran’s Western Azerbaijan province cast light on the difficult situation faced by one of the region’s least-noticed minorities – the Kurds of … [Read more...]

The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen

A briefing for the Middle East Forum on April 30, 2015. Click here to hear the audio file The current Houthi uprising is but the latest phase in a prolonged internecine strife. Having long suffered discrimination and marginalization by the … [Read more...]

Rise of the Islamic State and the Fading Away of the Rest of the Iraqi Insurgency: Interview with Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi

The following interview was originally posted on Musings on Iraq. From 2013-2014 it seemed like there was a broad rebirth of the Iraqi insurgency. The protest movement against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government revived a number of … [Read more...]

“We have the Swords”- Nasheed from Islamic State’s Ajnad Media

One of the "darker" nasheeds of the Islamic State, similar in tone to "We have come as soldiers for God": We have the raging, smiling [gleaming] swords, We have the cry of truth when the clash takes place. We are the defiant, raging … [Read more...]

Assad Not Finished Yet

A number of reports have been published in recent days suggesting the tide of the war in Syria may finally have turned decisively against the Assad regime. The reports cite a series of successes the Syrian rebels have achieved in recent weeks, and … [Read more...]

Interview with the leader of Harakat al-Nujaba: Translation and Analysis

Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba (HHN: The Movement of the Party of God of the Outstanding) is one of the major new Shi'a political and militant organizations to have emerged in Iraq, first coming to the fore in 2013 with its deployments to Syria in the … [Read more...]

Muqawama Suriya Statement: Loss of Jisr al-Shughur: Translation and Analysis

The Muqawama Suriya, as I have profiled previously, is a pro-Assad militia led by Turkish born Alawite Ali Kayali, who prior to the Syrian civil war had been focused on bringing the Sanjak of Alexandretta in Turkey under Syrian rule. Though the … [Read more...]

The Islamic State Comes to Damascus

The latest reports suggest that Islamic State fighters have largely withdrawn from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk, on the outskirts of Damascus.The jihadis have returned to the district of Hajar al-Aswad, from where they launched their … [Read more...]

The Middle East Battle Lines Are Drawn

In the last decade, the Middle East has been living through a political convulsion of historic proportions.  Regimes that once appeared immovable have been destroyed or have receded.  New forces have risen up and are making war over the ruins. The … [Read more...]

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