February 27, 2015

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

All is not quiet on the northern Front between Israel and Syria/Lebanon.

PJmedia, 27/2. Co-authored with Benjamin Weinthal The recent… [more]

All is not quiet on the northern Front between Israel and Syria/Lebanon. All is not quiet on the northern Front between Israel and Syria/Lebanon.

Naqshbandi Army Statement: Condemnation of the Burning of Muadh al-Kasasbeh: Translation & Analysis

Intro and Analysis This latest statement from the Ba'athist-Sufi… [more]

Naqshbandi Army Statement: Condemnation of the Burning of Muadh al-Kasasbeh: Translation & Analysis Naqshbandi Army Statement: Condemnation of the Burning of Muadh al-Kasasbeh: Translation & Analysis

Hizballah, Iran, Assad Offensive Against Southern “Buffer Zone” near the Golan Heights

A force consisting of Hizballah fighters, Iranian Revolutionary… [more]

Hizballah, Iran, Assad Offensive Against Southern “Buffer Zone” near the Golan Heights Hizballah, Iran, Assad Offensive Against Southern "Buffer Zone" near the Golan Heights

Barry Rubin’s Improbable Journey

This article originally appeared on Commentary, February 3, 2015 Today,… [more]

Barry Rubin’s Improbable Journey Barry Rubin’s Improbable Journey

MERIA SPECIAL REPORT: DID ISIS USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE KURDS IN KOBANI?

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MERIA SPECIAL REPORT:  DID ISIS USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE KURDS IN KOBANI? MERIA SPECIAL REPORT:  DID ISIS USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST THE KURDS IN KOBANI?

ISIS and Syria’s Southern Front

Analysis of Syrian civil war dynamics tends to draw a sharp contrast… [more]

ISIS and Syria’s Southern Front ISIS and Syria's Southern Front

THE SOUTH CAUCASUS: OBAMA’S FAILED RUSSIA “RESET” AND THE PUTIN DOCTRINE IN PRACTICE

PDF version available here Since 2009, under President Barack… [more]

THE SOUTH CAUCASUS: OBAMA’S FAILED RUSSIA “RESET” AND THE PUTIN DOCTRINE IN PRACTICE THE SOUTH CAUCASUS: OBAMA’S FAILED RUSSIA “RESET” AND THE PUTIN DOCTRINE IN PRACTICE

THE NEW GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM: IMPLICATIONS FROM THE RECENT ADL-100 DATA

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THE NEW GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM: IMPLICATIONS FROM THE RECENT ADL-100 DATA THE NEW GLOBAL ANTISEMITISM: IMPLICATIONS FROM THE RECENT ADL-100 DATA

All is not quiet on the northern Front between Israel and Syria/Lebanon.

PJmedia, 27/2. Co-authored with Benjamin Weinthal The recent Hezbollah attack on an Israel Defense Forces convoy in the Har Dov area close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, was the latest move in a … [Read more...]

Naqshbandi Army Statement: Condemnation of the Burning of Muadh al-Kasasbeh: Translation & Analysis

Intro and Analysis This latest statement from the Ba'athist-Sufi Naqshbandi Army [Jaysh Rijal al-Tariqat al-Naqshbandia: JRTN] condemning the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasasbeh follows the usual pattern of condemning Islamic … [Read more...]

Hizballah, Iran, Assad Offensive Against Southern “Buffer Zone” near the Golan Heights

A force consisting of Hizballah fighters, Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Syrian regime soldiers launched an offensive this week  southwest  of Damascus, in the direction of Quneitra province and the Golan Heights.   Their aim is to regain … [Read more...]

Barry Rubin’s Improbable Journey

This article originally appeared on Commentary, February 3, 2015 Today, February 3, marks one year since Barry Rubin, scholar and friend, lost his bout with an aggressive cancer. He was sixty-four. The many tributes published upon his passing … [Read more...]

ISIS and Syria’s Southern Front

Analysis of Syrian civil war dynamics tends to draw a sharp contrast between the southern front, referring to the southernmost provinces of Deraa, Quneitra, and Suwayda, and the north. Analysis of Syrian civil war dynamics tends to draw a sharp … [Read more...]

Islamic State Justification for Burning Alive the Jordanian Pilot: Translation and Analysis

Below I have translated the document circulated by the Islamic State's al-Eftaa wa al-Buhuth committee on the subject of the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot. This committee is responsible for providing Islamic textual justifications for various … [Read more...]

Review of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan £5.99; 1169p. (I-Phone Reading)   The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, subsequently calling itself just "The Islamic State" since the Caliphate … [Read more...]

Victory in Kobani: A Major Achievement –  but Hard to Replicate

The near-complete liberation of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani this week from the forces of the Islamic State is a remarkable testimony to the tenacity and courage of the Kurdish resistance on the ground.  It also showcases the awesome efficacy … [Read more...]

Archive of Islamic State Administrative Documents

My recent series on IS administration in Ninawa province focused on education, public services and religious life using numerous specimen IS administrative documents from that province. This post aims to provide an archive of similar translated … [Read more...]

Jabhat al-Nusra and the Druze of Idlib Province

While most analysis of the Druze in Syria focuses on their positions in Suwayda province- where they constitute the majority of the population- as well as Jabal al-Sheikh in Damascus/Quneitra provinces, it should be remembered that there is also a … [Read more...]

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