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Sinjar Was Only the Beginning—by Matthew Barber

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning   by Matthew Barber The calm is slowly unraveling in Kurdistan, and a growing, pervasive anxiety is beginning to afflict us all. We know that the fighting between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Islamic State jihadis continues to develop and move from place to place, but we’re never exactly […]

IS Routs Peshmerga, Takes Control of Sinjar Mountains, Jeopardizes Yazidi Homeland

Summary: IS scores major victory today, breaks Peshmerga forces, conquers strategic Kurdish area and displaces hundreds of thousands of Yazidi Kurds. The expulsion of Mosul’s Christians was devastating, but today’s expulsion of Yazidis is much bigger. This raises the question of whether the Kurds can hold out against IS in Iraq, as well as in […]

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns

The Expulsion of Mosul’s Christians, part 1: The Account of the Kidnapped Nuns   Parts 2 & 3 Forthcoming   by Matthew Barber The release of two nuns and three orphans who were kidnapped and held without explanation by ISIS/IS for 17 days in Mosul has been briefly mentioned in a few news outlets. However, […]

Did the Killing of Abu Bassir Lead to the First Lattakia Offensive?

by Matthew Barber Make sure to view this amazing video published by Vice News, entitled “Wolves of the Valley.” The video contains daring reporting by Aris Roussinos (@arisroussinos) who entered Idlib to bring us an interesting picture of the front-line in the conflict between ISIS and SRF fighters. Vice’s posting of the video is here. […]

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy

by Matthew Barber A new Twitter account that appeared last month is making waves within the jihadi community and rebel groups of Syria. It has not yet been noticed by the international media, but if the author’s claims are legitimate, it may significantly help to shape our understanding of ISIS. The author of the @wikibaghdady […]