January 26, 2015

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

Yemen Joins List of Collapsed Mideast States

PJmedia, 23/1 This week in Yemen, an Iran-backed Shia militia… [more]

Yemen Joins List of Collapsed Mideast States Yemen Joins List of Collapsed Mideast States

Game Not Over: the Quneitra Attack in Context

Jerusalem Post, 23/1. In analyzing the significance and hence… [more]

Game Not Over: the Quneitra Attack in Context Game Not Over: the Quneitra Attack in Context

Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part II

Part I of this in-depth examination of IS administration in… [more]

Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part II Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part II

Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part I

A key aspect of IS' self-presentation is its claim to be an actual… [more]

Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part I Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part I

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 Land of Sinai”- New Islamic State [IS] Nasheed from Ajnad Media

Concomitant with the transformation of Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis… [more]

“The Land of Sinai”- New Islamic State [IS] Nasheed from Ajnad Media "The Land of Sinai"- New Islamic State [IS] Nasheed from Ajnad Media

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

Yemen Joins List of Collapsed Mideast States

PJmedia, 23/1 This week in Yemen, an Iran-backed Shia militia captured the presidential palace. The president has since resigned. It was the latest stage in the slow advance of the Houthis, who entered the capital Sana’a in September of last … [Read more...]

Game Not Over: the Quneitra Attack in Context

Jerusalem Post, 23/1. In analyzing the significance and hence likely fallout from the  Israeli killing of a number of senior Hizballah and IRGC personnel close to the Golan border this week, a number of things should be borne in mind: Firstly, the … [Read more...]

Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part II

Part I of this in-depth examination of IS administration in Ninawa province touched on the realm of education, as one can find a large number of IS documents on that matter. This part looks primarily at service aspects of IS governance in Ninawa … [Read more...]

Aspects of Islamic State (IS) Administration in Ninawa Province: Part I

A key aspect of IS' self-presentation is its claim to be an actual state (dawla), and not a mere group or organization (jamaat/tanẓim). As part of this presentation, the dawla sets up supposed state administration departments to regulate life in … [Read more...]

“The Land of Sinai”- New Islamic State [IS] Nasheed from Ajnad Media

Concomitant with the transformation of Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis into 'Wilayat Sinai' ('Sinai Province') following the allegiance to IS in November 2014, here comes an official IS nasheed to add further recognition to the extension of the IS … [Read more...]

Four Jews Killed in Paris Attack Buried in Israel

Under a cloudless Jerusalem sky, a crowd of thousands gathered at the cemetery at Givat Shaul on Tuesday, to bury the four Jews murdered at the Hyper Cacher in Paris. Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada were laid to … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Murders in Paris

The Islamic world is currently in the midst of a great historic convulsion. This process is giving birth to political trends and movements of a murderously violent nature. These movements offer a supposed escape route from the humiliation felt at the … [Read more...]

Kata’ib al-Imam al-Gha’ib: Intro and Interview

To give a brief introduction, Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib ('The Absent Imam Battalions'- the 'Absent Imam' referring to Imam al-Mehdi in Shi'a messianism) is one of dozens of Shi'a militias that have emerged as part of the 'Popular Mobilization' … [Read more...]

Doha Descending

Amid rumors of Mashaal’s expulsion, Doha trying to regain alliance with Egypt, Saudi Arabia It is still not clear whether reports in Turkish newspaper Aydinlik concerning the expulsion by Qatar of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are accurate. Hamas … [Read more...]

The Twitter Wars Between Jamaat Ansar al-Islam Syria’s factions

As I documented in my previous post, Jamaat Ansar al-Islam's Syria branch, whose parent Iraqi branch came to an end in August 2014 after most of its members gave allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) with the remainder quitting the field, appears to … [Read more...]

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