April 26, 2015


The Islamic State Comes to Damascus

The latest reports suggest that Islamic State fighters have largely… [more]

The Islamic State Comes to Damascus The Islamic State Comes to Damascus

The Middle East Battle Lines Are Drawn

In the last decade, the Middle East has been living through a… [more]

The Middle East Battle Lines Are Drawn The Middle East Battle Lines Are Drawn

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Eulogy to Abu Ahmad of Mosul: Translation and Analysis

This latest statement from Jamaat Ansar al-Islam is intended… [more]

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Eulogy to Abu Ahmad of Mosul: Translation and Analysis Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Eulogy to Abu Ahmad of Mosul: Translation and Analysis

ISIS Pushes West

The conquest by the Islamic State of the Yarmouk Palestinian… [more]

ISIS Pushes West ISIS Pushes West

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The latest reports suggest that Islamic State fighters have largely withdrawn from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk, on the outskirts of Damascus.The jihadis have returned to the district of Hajar al-Aswad, from where they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

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Eulogy to Abu Ahmad of Mosul: Translation and Analysis

This latest statement from Jamaat Ansar al-Islam is intended to commemorate Abu Ahmad of Mosul, a leading figure in Jamaat Ansar al-Islam's Iraq branch who was reportedly killed by the group's traditional rivals the Islamic State, whose claim to a … [Read more...]

ISIS Pushes West

The conquest by the Islamic State of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus confirms the resilience of the jihadis and is an indicator of their current strategy.  Islamic State has lost considerable ground in Iraq, with the recapture of … [Read more...]

In the Shadow of the Gunmen

In a process of profound importance, five Arab states in the Middle East have effectively ceased to exist over the last decade.  The five states in question are Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Libya.  It is possible that more will follow. The … [Read more...]

A New Chapter in the Sunni-Shi’ite War

The assembling of a Sunni coalition to challenge the advance of an Iranian proxy in Yemen, and the subsequent announcement in Sharm al-Sheikh of the formation of a 40,000 strong Arab rapid reaction force are the latest moves in a war which has … [Read more...]

Is ISIS Islamic, and Other “Foolish” Debates

"Do they think we are Jewish now? lol," responded one ISIS fighter in Syria when asked for his thoughts on the current public debate about whether the Islamic State is actually Islamic. He went on to make an argument, as many of these fighters often … [Read more...]

Review of ISIS: The State of Terror

The ISIS phenomenon that has swept Iraq and Syria with global repercussions has produced a demand for information on the origins, rise, operations and future of arguably the most brutal jihadist movement yet. Following on from "ISIS: Inside the Army … [Read more...]

The Islamic State and Its “Sinai Province”

In November 2014, the Gaza-Sinai jihadist group Jamaʿat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis(JABM: "Supporters of the Holy House," i.e. Jerusalem) pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS). The IS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi officially acknowledged JABM's pledge as … [Read more...]

“Oh Son of Yemen”- New Nasheed from the Islamic State’s Ajnad Media

This is the latest nasheed to be released by the Islamic State's Ajnad Media. Similar to its the nasheed 'The Land of Sinai', this represents an elevation of the importance of the fight in Yemen to the Islamic State's international expansion. One … [Read more...]

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