March 28, 2015


The Kobani Precedent

Recently,  I attempted to undertake a reporting trip into the… [more]

The Kobani Precedent The Kobani Precedent

Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Billboards and Murals

The Islamic State [IS] has become well known for its elaborate… [more]

Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Billboards and Murals Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Billboards and Murals

Hamas Condemns Islamic State Tunisia Terror Attack

From Voice of al-Aqsa (Arabic): "The Hamas movement condemned… [more]

Hamas Condemns Islamic State Tunisia Terror Attack Hamas Condemns Islamic State Tunisia Terror Attack

The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz

Readers of my report on my visit to the north Aleppo town of… [more]

The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz

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 Kobani Precedent

Recently,  I attempted to undertake a reporting trip into the Kurdish Kobani enclave in northern Syria.  It would not have been my first visit, neither to Syria nor to Kobani.  For the first time, however, I found myself unable to enter.  … [Read more...]

Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Billboards and Murals

The Islamic State [IS] has become well known for its elaborate murals and billboards in keeping with its state building project (e.g. see my posts here and here). However, Jabhat al-Nusra, which has been increasingly building up its own … [Read more...]

Hamas Condemns Islamic State Tunisia Terror Attack

From Voice of al-Aqsa (Arabic): "The Hamas movement condemned on Thursday the incident of the attack on tourists in the Bardo museum in Tunis that killed more than 20 people and wounded around 50 of the innocent, describing it as a 'criminal' … [Read more...]

The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz

Readers of my report on my visit to the north Aleppo town of Azaz near the border with Turkey will recall that authority in Azaz is divided between two bodies: the local council and the Shari'a committee. Broadly speaking, the local council covers … [Read more...]

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam, Iraq’s Insurgency and the Islamic State [IS]: Testimony of Abu Omar al-Falastini

Readers of my blog will be familiar by now with the story of the jihadist group Jamaat Ansar al-Islam. Originally based in Iraq and primarily operating in Ninawa and Kirkuk governorates, the group expanded into Syria in 2011 and spread across the … [Read more...]

The Return of Iraqi Shi’i Militias to Syria

It has long been known that the Assad regime, facing a shortage of manpower in its regular army, has had to rely on irregular paramilitaries in its bid to reverse rebel advances. This became particularly apparent in 2013, when Hezbollah openly … [Read more...]

“Spread the Good Tidings to All”- Islamic State Nasheeds & External Relations Dynamics

Recently news came out of the official pledge of allegiance from Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram (Jamaat Ahl al-Sunna lil-Da'wah wa al-Jihad) to the Islamic State. For those who had been following Boko Haram's recently set up media wing al-Urwah … [Read more...]

Four Rival Factions Pick Over Syria’s Bones

In the latest blow to supporters of the “moderate” elements among the Syrian rebels, the Harakat Hazm “Movement of Determination” this week announced that it was disbanding. Hazm was never a large group. It never possessed more than around … [Read more...]

Heartbreaking Times

Kobani refugees faced a bitter winter on the Turkish-Syrian border, yet there was one bright spot: The fight to rid the Kurdish Syrian town of Islamic State jihadists was officially declared over on January 27. The Kurdish YPG militia, with the … [Read more...]

Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Dar al-Qada Documents

Over the past several months, the contrast traditionally drawn between the Islamic State's (IS) hardline stance against power-sharing with rivals and Jabhat al-Nusra's (JN) more conciliatory approach has become blurred as JN has sought to build up … [Read more...]

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