Archive for the 'Jabhat al-Nusra' Category

“Does the Truce Between ISIS and Suqour al-Sham Mean an End to Syria’s Inter-Rebel War?” By Daniel Abdallah

Does the Truce Between ISIS and Suqour al-Sham Mean an End to Syria’s Inter-Rebel War? By Daniel Abdallah – twitter: @Daniel_Abdullah for Syria Comemnt, February 7, 2014 Has the newly brokered truce between rebel militias in Syria ended the fighting that began in earnest on 3 January 2014? The reasons that Syria’s militias attacked the […]

The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

A major confrontation has broken out between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Syria’s other rebel militias.

Battle in East Ghouta, Damascus: Rebels Claim to kill 800 Syrian Army Soldiers

In the Battle for East Ghouta, Rebels claim (unverified) 800 dead Syrian soldiers, but Islamic Front militias are not fighting under one banner. They remain divided into groups with Ahrar al-Sham fighting with Nusra under one banner. See battle video.

Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs

The Islamic Front’s Military Commander: Who is he? Zahran Alloush’s rhetoric and propaganda videos provide much insight into his world view, attitude toward Syria’s religious minorities, and vision for Syria’s future. The difference between his ideology and that of al-Qaida groups is not profound. Rather, it is one of shades of grey.

“Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa,” by Chris Looney

ISIS has employed a governance strategy in Raqqa that is focused on solidifying its rule through intimidation, creating an economy of dependence. Although ISIS may be focused on consolidating its rule locally and expanding its sway within Syria and Iraq for the time being, attacking the West remains a long term strategic objective.