July 4, 2015


Turkey’s Syrian Kurdish problem

Jerusalem Post, 3/7 Syrian Kurdish forces this week succeeded… [more]

Turkey’s Syrian Kurdish problem Turkey’s Syrian Kurdish problem

The Islamic State One Year After the Caliphate Declaration

As we pass the one-year anniversary since the announcement of… [more]

The Islamic State One Year After the Caliphate Declaration The Islamic State One Year After the Caliphate Declaration

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Part II

Following on from my post featuring the first lesson of the… [more]

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Part II Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Part II

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Excerpt and Analysis

As mentioned in my previous post on Islamic State [IS] training… [more]

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Excerpt and Analysis Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Excerpt and Analysis

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

Turkey’s Syrian Kurdish problem

Jerusalem Post, 3/7 Syrian Kurdish forces this week succeeded in turning back a murderous and determined attempt by the forces of Islamic State to claw back control of areas of northern Syria recently liberated by the Kurds. The cost was high, … [Read more...]

The Islamic State One Year After the Caliphate Declaration

As we pass the one-year anniversary since the announcement of ISIS's so-called "caliphate" demanding the allegiance of the world's Muslims and ultimately sovereignty over the entire world, much of the commentary has been far too ephemeral. The media … [Read more...]

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Part II

Following on from my post featuring the first lesson of the required reading Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid textbook for all Islamic State training camp recruits, below is my translation of the second lesson from that book. The three principles Which … [Read more...]

Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: Excerpt and Analysis

As mentioned in my previous post on Islamic State [IS] training camps and military divisions, the work Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid (Course/Stipulations in Tawhid [Monotheism]) is a book written by IS cleric Turki Binali- issued in the name of the Diwan … [Read more...]

Islamic State Training Camps and Military Divisions

Though much news coverage of Islamic State (IS) focuses on developments on the battlefronts between IS and its enemies in parallel with ephemeral assessments claiming IS is either winning or losing, little is known about the training camp processes … [Read more...]

RIP Keith Broomfield, Killed in a Firefight with ISIS

Keith Broomfield, of Westminster, Massachusetts, was born in 1979 and buried this week. He was 36. Keith was killed in a firefight on June 3rd with the Islamic State organization near the town of Kobani in northern Syria. He had been serving as a … [Read more...]

Dutch OpinieZtv Interview with Jonathan Spyer

Voorafgaand aan de DAM-lezing in De Rode Hoed op 4 juni j.l. sprak OpinieZtv met Jonathan Spyer over de oorlog in Irak en Syrië en de positie van Israël. Spyer is bekend vanwege zijn verschillende bezoeken aan de Syrische gebieden in handen van … [Read more...]

The Massacre of Druze Villagers in Qalb Lawza, Idlib Province

On 10 June, a number of people in the village of Qalb Lawza- one of a collection of Druze villages in the Jabal al-Summaq region of Idlib province- were massacred in a confrontation with members of Jabhat al-Nusra, which dominates the area. Below are … [Read more...]

Enemy of My enemy: Re-evaluating the Islamic State’s Relationship with the Ba’athist JRTN

Introduction Since the full-blown revival of Iraq's Sunni insurgency at the beginning of 2014, there has been much misunderstanding of the relationship between the Islamic State and insurgents of Baathist orientation, principally represented by the … [Read more...]

Fall of Eagles: The Eclipse of the Arab Nationalist State

The most significant dynamic in the Middle East over the last decade has been the collapse of strong, centralized regimes in a series of Arab states and their replacement by chaos, civil war, and the proliferation of non-state militias. This collapse … [Read more...]

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