October 21, 2014

The Shia-Sunni war Reaches Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 17/10 Hezbollah is under pressure as the consequences… [more]

The Shia-Sunni war Reaches Lebanon The Shia-Sunni war Reaches Lebanon

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?

The National Ideological Resistance in Syria: A ‘Syrian Hezbollah’ Brand

Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian civil war in support… [more]

The National Ideological Resistance in Syria: A ‘Syrian Hezbollah’ Brand The National Ideological Resistance in Syria: A 'Syrian Hezbollah' Brand

Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen: Support for the Islamic State

Intro and Analysis The Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen [more fully,… [more]

Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen: Support for the Islamic State Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen: Support for the Islamic State

SUNNI OPPOSITION TO THE ISLAMIC STATE

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SUNNI OPPOSITION TO THE ISLAMIC STATE SUNNI OPPOSITION TO THE ISLAMIC STATE

TEN YEARS LATER: WHO WON THE IRAQ WAR, THE US OR CHINA?

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TEN YEARS LATER:  WHO WON THE IRAQ WAR, THE US OR CHINA? TEN YEARS LATER:  WHO WON THE IRAQ WAR, THE US OR CHINA?

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

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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

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT AND DEFENSE DIPLOMACY BETWEEN INDIA AND ISRAEL: POST-9/11 AND BEYOND

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POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT AND DEFENSE DIPLOMACY BETWEEN INDIA AND ISRAEL: POST-9/11 AND BEYOND POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT AND DEFENSE DIPLOMACY BETWEEN INDIA AND ISRAEL: POST-9/11 AND BEYOND

The Shia-Sunni war Reaches Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 17/10 Hezbollah is under pressure as the consequences of its ongoing intervention in Syria have come back to bite the terrorist organization. There are increasing indications that the sectarian war raging in Iraq and Syria is now … [Read more...]

MERIA Special Report: Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani?

*** WARNING:  This post contains images which some readers may find disturbing.  Caution is advised.  Please scroll down to view these images. The fate of Kobani city now hangs in the balance, as around 9000 fighters of the Islamic State … [Read more...]

The National Ideological Resistance in Syria: A ‘Syrian Hezbollah’ Brand

Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian civil war in support of the Assad regime is well-known, most notably in the captures of Qusayr in Homs province in May 2013 and Yabroud in Damascus province in March 2014. Considerably less attention has been … [Read more...]

Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen: Support for the Islamic State

Intro and Analysis The Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen [more fully, Majlis Shura al-Mujahideen in the Environs of Bayt al-Maqdis], a Gaza-Sinai jihadi group and opponent of the Hamas government in Gaza, had previously come out in support of the Islamic … [Read more...]

Western fear of angering Turkey leaves besieged Kurdish town at mercy of Islamic State

Jerusalem Post, 7/10 The fate of the Kurdish enclave in Kobani appears to be sealed. The greater part of the formerly Kurdish-ruled area has already fallen to the forces of Islamic State. Some 9,000 Islamic State fighters are positioned close to … [Read more...]

Flawed western strategy in Iraq and Syria

The United States and its allies have launched a military campaign whose stated goal is, in the words of President Barack Obama, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (I.S., also known as ISIS or ISIL) established by Sunni jihadis … [Read more...]

“Provocative Conclusions”: Two New Reviews of Nazis, Islamists

From a recent review in the St. Louis Jewish Light titled "Book’s provocative conclusions make for fascinating reading": Drawing on European, American and Middle East archives, a large number of which had only recently been opened, the authors … [Read more...]

Islamic Army of Iraq: Denial of Meeting with the Americans: Translation and Analysis

Intro and AnalysisAs part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS), American officials have been attempting outreach to people connected to the Iraqi Sunni Arab insurgency and based in Amman, Jordan, in the hope of convincing them to … [Read more...]

The Dawn of Freedom Brigades: Analysis and Interview

Logo of the Dawn of Freedom Brigades One of the more noted recent trends in rebel dynamics in Syria is the weakening of the Islamic Front, widely noted last year as the most powerful rebel alliance in terms of manpower and fighting capabilities.... … [Read more...]

The Life of Abu Qutayba of Bahrain: A ‘Martyr’ for the Islamic State

Recently the Islamic State (IS) released a video via its media wing al-Itisam Media, which primarily targets Arabic-speaking audiences (notably producing the series 'Windows on the Land of Epic Battles'). The video, entitled 'Message to the People … [Read more...]

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