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Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the Middle East Forum’s Jihad Intel project, writes extensively about the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and other armed groups in Syria and Iraq. As his writings and translations tend to be too detailed for a general readership, we periodically compile links and summaries for those wishing […]

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The Syrian Quagmire

Andrew J. Tabler, the Martin J. Gross fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a foremost authority on Syrian affairs, briefed the Middle East Forum on a conference call March 29, 2016. It is not yet clear whether and to what extent the partial drawdown of […]

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Islamic State kidnaps over 300 Syrian workers

The Syrian cement company workers must have done something to provoke the poor dears, right? Maybe they drew Muhammad in the cement? Surely they must have done something to poke them in the eye. Or is the West going to have to admit at some point that the Islamic State wants to terrorize non-Muslims for […]

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Why Putin Wants Syria

Russia’s military intervention in Syria that began on September 30, 2015, is its first major intrusion into the Levant since June 1772 when “Russian forces bombarded, stormed, and captured Beirut, a fortress on the coast of Ottoman Syria.”[1] Then as now, the Russians backed a ruthless local client; then as now, they found themselves in […]

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IS commander ‘Omar the Chechen’ dead, US confirms

Washington, United States — A top Islamic State group commander known as “Omar the Chechen” is dead after suffering injuries in a US-led coalition strike in northeastern Syria, the Pentagon confirmed Monday. The announcement would appear to clear up the fate of the notorious Omar al-Shishani, a week after a US official said the most-wanted […]

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Will the Syrian Ceasefire Last?

Originally published under the title “Is a Ceasefire in Syria the Endgame or Brief Respite?” The cease-fire that came into effect in Syria on February 27 is a partial success. Humanitarian convoys have begun to get through to some of the areas besieged by government forces. The death toll is sharply down. According to the […]

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Report: 31,000 Islamic State Women Pregnant with Jihadi Babies

Report: 31,000 Islamic State Women Pregnant with Jihadi Babies “I’ve seen the future, brother, it is murder.” (Leonard Cohen) And while all of this ‘future planning’ is going on, how are we preparing our children? The elites in the West are busy disarming our children, teaching them the shahada in the public schools and telling […]

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Challenges for the Islamic State: Manpower, Finance, and Information

Originally published under the title “Challenges for the Islamic State and Restrictions on the Information Environment.” As the war against the Islamic State [IS] continues, it is clear that the state project in Iraq and Syria is facing a number of challenges. Two of these challenges relate to military manpower and finance. In the realm […]

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Islamic State Terrorist Hatcheries: Orphanage Full of Children Being Trained to Slaughter in Cause of Islam

Grooming the next gen of devout savage zombies. Now think about how the West is preparing our children. We’re forcing our kids to say the shahada in public school. Hair-raising, isn’t it? Shocking new ISIS video shows an orphanage full of children whose jihadi parents have been killed and who are now being trained as […]

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Why Putin Wants Syria

Russia’s military intervention in Syria that began on September 30, 2015, is its first major intrusion into the Levant since June 1772 when “Russian forces bombarded, stormed, and captured Beirut, a fortress on the coast of Ottoman Syria.”[1] Then as now, the Russians backed a ruthless local client; then as now, they found themselves in […]

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