Archive for the 'Politics' Category

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

A Day in The Life of The Jungle: Syrians Camped out in Calais

The Leopards of Homs: A Pro-Assad Militia

Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the War in Syria

Remembering Dr. Hassan al-Araj

“President al-Assad’s First Speech – An Insider’s Account,” by Ehsani

Liwa Usud al-Hussein: A New Pro-Assad Militia in Latakia

The Life of al-Khal: First Leader of Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk

Report on Mass Graves of Yazidis in Sinjar

The Ten Most Important Developments in Syria in 2015

The Death of Zahran Alloush

The Factions of North Latakia

“A Trip to the ‘Caliphate’: Oppressive Justice under ISIS,” By Omar al-Wardi

“Regime-Change without State Collapse is Impossible in Syria,” Landis Interviewed by RT’s Sophie&Co

Media Maskirovka: Russia and the Free Syrian Army

Rijal al-Karama after Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal’ous’ Assassination

Abdallah al-Muhaysini, a Pivotal Figure in the Islamist Insurgency in Syria,” by Waleed Rikab

Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk: History and Analysis

Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa: History, Analysis & Interview

Abu Yahia al-Hamawi, Ahrar al-Sham’s New Leader

The Doha Congress: Negotiating a Return of the Iraqi Baath Party?

The Assassination of Sheikh Abu Fahad al-Bal’ous: Context and Analysis

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

Syrian Rebel Leader Subhi al-Refai on U.S. relations with Ahrar al-Sham

The New Druze Militia Factions of Suwayda Province

“The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi,” By Tam Hussein

The Syrian Southern Front: Why it Offers Better Justice and Hope than Northern Front” by Marika Sosnowski

“Is Zahran Alloush in Amman?” by Aron Lund

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Responds to al-Julani’s al-Jazeera Interview

“Abu Mohammed al-Golani’s Aljazeera Interview” by Aron Lund

Syria in Limbo: Neither Reunification nor Partition Are Yet Possible

New Dabiq Issue Reiterates Justifications for Yazidi Enslavement

“The evolving humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis,” by Marika Sosnowski

How Far is Hezbollah Willing to Go in Syria?

Syrian Rebels Capture Idlib, by Aron Lund

The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz

Meet the Badris

After Burning of Muaz al-Kasasbeh, Jordan & al-Azhar’s Gestures of Vengeance Will Not Heal

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam in Syria Joins The Islamic State?

Footnotes on the SSNP—Comments from Nouhad Samaan, Head of SSNP in Homs

Syria Year-End Predictions and Analysis – by Joshua Landis (28 December 2014)

2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions by Aron Lund

Resurgence of the SSNP in Syria: An Ideological Opponent of the Regime Gets a Boost from the Conflict

“The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State,” By Mara Revkin

Will the Revolutionary Command Council be Syria’s New Rebel Government?

Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement of Thousands of Women

The Islamic State (IS) and Pledges of Allegiance: The Case of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam

The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)

“What Motivates European Youth to Join ISIS?” by Loretta Bass

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance?

Nusra’s Offensive in Idlib & its Attempt to Destroy Washington’s Allies. November 2014

A Visit to the Tomb of Hafez al-Asad

Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women

The Yazidis Are Not Getting Support

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

“ISIS Is Weaker Than It Looks,” By Balint Szlanko

Sinjar Was Only the Beginning—by Matthew Barber

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

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen

The Six Words You Need to Know to Be a Successful Jihadi and Establish Your Own Caliphate

Joshua Landis & Robert Ford discuss Syria at Wilson Center event

The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution – by Issam Eido

Syrians in Lebanon Vote in Presidential Elections

Syria: The West Should Stop Raising False Expectations – By Nikolaos van Dam

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

“Obama Approval of Manpads for Rebels Would Violate US Agreements, Policy, and Endanger Airliners,” by James McMichael

Sham al-Islam: Its Project and Promise in Healing the Wounded Lands of the Levant

“Do Syrians Want To Fight Until Victory or Do they Want a Ceasefire?” by James McMichael

Detailed Syria Maps; Activists Honor Revolution Dead in Washington

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham’s dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province

Christian Militia and Political Dynamics in Syria

Saudis and CIA agree to Arm Syrian “Moderates” with Advanced Weapons

“Inter-Rebel Fighting Enters a New Phase as Salafists Declare Open War on ISIS,” by Daniel Abdallah

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

“The ISIS – Suquor al-Sham Truce: Is It Real and Can It Last?” By Daniel Abdallah

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy

The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

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

Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs

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

The death of Abdelqader Saleh

Notes on the Growing Struggle between ISIS, Nusra/Ahrar, and other factions of the FSA

Syrian Army Retakes important towns in Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. Both Salah and Salameh, leaders of largest Aleppo militia, wounded.

Syria’s Top Five Insurgent Leaders

“Syrian Chemical Weapons & the Possibility of Ending the Civil War,” by William R Polk

Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy [updated]

Aymenn al-Tamimi Speaks to Ali Kayali and Profiles “The Syrian Resistance,” a Pro-Assad Militia Force

Are the Islamic Courts of Aleppo run by al-Nusra? Aron Lund Answers

Chemical Weapons and Responses; The Developing Story of Tripoli’s Bombing; Theories on Outcomes for Syria

Syria Consolidates into Three Cantons as the Opposition Pushes Back, Taking Mengh Airbase and other Strategic Points

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

Where Does Jabhat al-Nusra End, and the Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham Begin?

Round-up: News from the North, Changes to Opposition, Egypt, and a lot of Miscellany

Round Up: Lethal Aid, Human Interest Stories, Lebanon

Obama Owes Syrians and Americans a Vision of Syria’s Future

Clerics in Egypt Call for Global Jihad Against Regime’s Shiite Allies, Egypt Cuts Syria Ties

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

“Let ‘Lawfare’ Shape the Conflict, Not the Flow of Arms” – By David Falt

Ayman al-Zawahiri Rants about Syria

“The Turkish-Syrian Border Dispute: A View From the Past” – By Meir Zamir

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment

Has the War Reached Lebanon? Meanwhile, Obama Updates War on Terror

Brotherhood Figures Block Yaqoubi’s Appointment, Post-Confirmation

Sheikh al-Yaqoubi Elected to the NC—its first non-Brotherhood-aligned religious figure

Is Jabhat al-Nosra breaking apart?

New report on the Muslim Brotherhood

Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra

New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

Oil Wars—Nusra’s Expanding Reach—Syrian Taliban

Islamic State Declared in Syria

The Raqqa Story: Rebel Structure, Planning, and Possible War Crimes

Sorting out David Ignatius

Dera’a is Falling

Opposition Infighting and Fragmentation Bedevils Syria

Moaz al-Khatib, Moderate Syrian Leader, Resigns, as Islamic Front and Nusra Move on Damascus. Will the US build a Counter-force?

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

Who is Ghassn Hitto? Why Was He backed to be Prime Minister of an Interim Gov by Mustafa Sabbagh?

“Syria’s Salafi Insurgents: The Rise of the Syrian Islamic Front” by Aron Lund

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

10 Anti-tank Missiles Supplied to Military Council for Aleppo Fight

Obama’s State of the Union – Reactions; Battle for Damascus Promises to be Long

The Islamist mess in Damascus

Noah Bonsey on the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front; Nick Heras on how Islamic Militias emulate Hamas and Hizbullah

Syria’s Islamic Front Militias and How They Think about Minorities

News Round Up (21 December 2012) Debate over al-Nusra

Swedes, jihadis & anti-air missiles in northern Syria

“Three Scenarios for Syria’s Future,” by Joshua Landis w. Lara Setrakian

“Islamism and the Syrian revolution,” by Aron Lund

“The Formation of Syria’s National Coalition: An Assessment and Analysis,” By Amr al-Azm

“Why Manaf Tlas is Uniquely Qualified to Serve the Opposition,” by a Supporter

“State of the Internal Opposition,” by Ammar Abdulhamid

The SNC – Conversation between Kodmani, Labwani, & Landis

Election Results of the May 7, 2012 Syrian Elections

The Muslim Brotherhood Issues a New Covenant that Gives Hope

The New Syrian Constitution Draft Discussed

Analyzing the largest Syria crisis Facebook polls, by Camille Otrakji

Burhan Ghalioun, Leader of Syria’s Main Opposition Group, Interview with Wall Street Journal. (Dec. 1, 2011)

Opposition Parties Fight in Cairo; Feltman Claims Sanctions Effective and Assad’s Days Numbered, Eyes on Turkey

Qaddafi’s Death, Mazoot Prices, Opposition

Homs: The Capital of Syrian Uprising

The Arab Spring & the decay of secular state in Syria

“Who is Mohammad Rahhal, the Syrian Revolutionary who Called for Armed Resistance and Attacked Burhan Ghalioun?”

Opposition Disunity Becomes the Problem as the West Gets its Ducks in a Row

“We Will Have to Eat Brown Bread,” Adib Mayaleh, Head of Syria’s Central Bank

Sanctions and Their Impact; The Opposition Forms Transitional Parliament

Haithem al-Maleh, Landis, Fred Reed on Prism TV

Shara Spells out “Road Map” to Reform; Compares it to Corrective Movement Led by Hafiz al-Assad

Syrian “National Salvation” Opposition Meeting in Istanbul: Opening Remarks and Mr Maleh (17 July 2011)

Syria: An Uprising, Not a Revolution, By Yazan Badran

An interview with Bassam Alkadi, President of the Syrian Women Observatory

Syrian Opposition Conference: Semiramis Hotel: 200 members – First Impressions

How the Opposition Plans to Take Down the Syrian Regime (Joshua Landis & Ausama Monajed)

The Final Declaration of the Antalya Opposition Conference

Syrian Opposition Meeting in Antalya: Day Two

The Opposition Meeting in Antalya (1 June 2011) First Impressions

Divisions within the Syrian Opposition on Eve of Turkey Meeting

Syrian Opposition to Meet in Turkey: May 31 – June 2

Obama to Assad: “Lead that transition, or get out of the way.”

What Will a Post Assad Syria Look Like?

Rami Makhlouf’s daily blasts Turkey; Draws MB link

Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook page Administrator, Fidaaldin Al-Sayed Issa, Interviewed by Adam Almkvist

Syrian Regime Says it is Witnessing the end of the Story; Opposition Calls Meeting in Cairo

News Round Up (3 May 2011) Syrian Banks Asked to Pay for Stable Syrian Pound

“National Initiative for Change” Program of Syrian Opposition: the liberal wing

“Syria’s New Government,” By EHSANI2

Western Press Misled – Who Shot the Nine Soldiers in Banyas? Not Syrian Security Forces

SYRIA’S PRESIDENT ASSAD: WHY IS ANYONE SURPRISED?” by Brian J. Davis, Canadian Ambassador to Syria, 2003-2006uesd

News Round Up (11 April 2011)

Assad Responds to Clerics’ Demands

Duma; Turkey Hosts Musl. Brotherhood; Press Services; More

Syrian Reactions to the President’s Speech

Ignatius Lesch, Seale, Tisdall, Khalaf, Fadel on Assad and Syria

Ammar Abdulhamid Emerges as Face of the Syrian Revolution, according to Washington Times

“As Protests Mount, Is There a Soft Landing for Syria?” by Joshua Landis

Syrian Government Promises: Free Press, End of Emergency Rule, Opposition Parties, Justice

Damned if We Do and Damned if We Don’t

Demonstrations in Damascus Challenge Regime

“Why Syria is Unlikely to be Next…. for Now,” by Bassam Haddad

Syrians demonstrate against Qaddafi; Kerry Pushes Peace; SLT sputters

The sad irony of it all – the USA and the Arab world…

Demonstration in Damascus

George Saghir Responds to Samir Aita

“What Does the Future Hold for Syrian Economists?” By Samir Aita

Ibrahim Hamidi, “Political and Economic Factors of Syrian Stability”

A New Day in Egypt

“What Does the Future Hold for Syria?” By George Saghir

‘Day of Rage’ for Syrians Fails to Draw Protesters

Syrians Stay Home; Turkey Leads; US Loses Allies

Will “Day of Rage” Rock Syria?

“Syrian Corruption” by Lina Sinjab; Tourism and Preserving Syrian Heritage; Stateless Kurds

George Saghir and Bassel Hamwi Launch Independent Economic Index to Assess Syrian Economy

Landis Debates Steven Heydemann: “Syria and Islamism.” BloggingheadTV

“The Sin in Syria is Low Wages,” by Ehsani

The Special Lebanon Tribunal Power Play – The End of the Bush Agenda

Memorizing is Out in Syrian Schools? Poetry is In.

“Why Does Syria Do So Badly in World Economic Rankings,” by Ehsani

“The Syria Muslim Brotherhood: Leadership Transition from Bayanouni to Shaqfa” by Aron Lund

Will rising tensions in the Middle East lead to another catastrophic war?

The Niqab and Syria’s Private Girls Schools