Archive for the 'Opposition' Category

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

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

2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions by Aron Lund

“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

Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Islamic State Declared in Syria

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

Sorting out David Ignatius

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

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

The Muslim Brotherhood Issues a New Covenant that Gives Hope

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

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

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

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

Assad Responds to Clerics’ Demands

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

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

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

A New Day in Egypt

‘Day of Rage’ for Syrians Fails to Draw Protesters

Syrians Stay Home; Turkey Leads; US Loses Allies

“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

The Niqab and Syria’s Private Girls Schools

News Round Up (25 June 2010)

News Round Up (18 April 2010)

Mitchell on the March, Muslim Brothers in Egypt, Makhlouf Man of 2009

Radwan Ziadeh on “Syria’s Democratic Past: Lessons for the Future”

A Memoir-Novel of Tadmur Military Prison, reviewed by S. Taleghani

Muhammad Atta in Aleppo; Muslim Brothers; Oil

Turk & Syria – Assad Interview: Muslim Brothers, Kurds, Iraq, Israel

Bashar ElSbihi Clarifies

Opposition News and Bashar Sba’i’s Return

Syrian Reformers Increasingly Agree that EU-Syrian Association Agreement Should be Signed

US-Syria relations: time to hit the reset button?

“Kilo Set Free,” by Khaled Oweis

The National Salvation Front Folds

Farid Ghadry’s Leadership of the Reform Party of Syria Expires

Muslim Brotherhood Breaks with Khaddam and NSF

Private Universities; Haykal Wins; Syriacs Hang On

“Syria could be softening stance on dissidents,” Phil Sands

A New Middle East Strategy for the Age of Obama

12 Opposition Leaders Sentenced

Asma Al-Asad: “Excuse me! I do not have “good relations” with Christians”

Has Assad’s Social Base Narrowed or Expanded?

How Syria’s Assad Is Steering His Country out of Isolation

Aref Dalileh released

Building Towards Peace

News Round-Up (August 1, 2008)

News Round Up (28 June 2008)

Assef Shawkat Hubbub Debunked

Syria Squashes Coup Attempt, Die Welt claims

“A Bloody Era of Syria’s History Informs a Writer’s Banned Novel,” by R. Worth

Upping Diplomatic, Judicial, Economic and Military Pressure on Syria is Unlikely to Work

“Exuding confidence, Syria’s Assad targets opposition,” by Oweis

“Syria: The Opposition and its Troubled Relationship with Washington,” by Joe Macaron

News Roundup (15 Jan. 2008)

The soldiers of truth are back

Arrests of Damascus Declaration for Democratic Change Conference Participants

“The Real Reason Syria Blocked Facebook,” by Idaf

Facebook Blocked in Syria: Virtual Civil Society Banned

Treasury Designates Individuals Furthering Syrian Regime’s Efforts to Undermine Lebanese Democracy

Muslim Brotherhood: “Christian or Woman can be President of Syria”

“Authoritarian Upgrading in the Arab World,” by Steven Heydemann

Latakia in 1980-81: Samuel Pickering’s Fulbright Year

“The Syrian Opposition: Part 2,” by Landis & Pace in Arabic

“The Syrian Opposition: Part 1,” by Landis & Pace in Arabic

Does Bush’s Executive Order Criminalize Lebanon’s Democratic Opposition?

Censorship of Websites Announced by Syrian Ministry of Tel.

“To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers,” by Jay Solomon

The truth about Syria?

“Bush Weighs Reaching Out To Muslim Brothers,” byu Eli Lake

News Round Up (13 June 2007)

The Presidential Plebiscite and Pageantry: What does it Mean?

Initial syriapol Results Released

News Round Up (28 May 2007)

“US Asks NSF to Elect New Leader for Credibility,” by Bette Dam

News Round-Up

“Sufism and Salafism in Syria” by Itzchak Weismann

Kamal Labwani Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

“The Difference Between Wahhabis and Muslim Brothers,” by David Commins

“Battling the Lion of Damascus: Syria’s Opposition” by Seth Wikas

Anwar al-Bunni Sentenced to 5 years in Prison

Syrians at the Polls: To Vote – Yes or No

The National Salvation Front Opens Office in Washington

Syrian Opposition harmed by Iraq: MB Opens office in DC

Pelosi’s Trip to Damascus

“Farid Ghadry, Syria’s Chalabi: From Washington to Damascus,” by Salim Abraham

A Response to Michael Young

Kurds Commemorate the “Intifadah” of 12 March 2004

Syrian Opposition – New Articles

Is Syria Supplying Weapons to Iraqi Militias?

“Elliot Abrams’ Uncivil War,” by Conflicts Forum

More on the Bandar Affair

Could the US be Planning Covert Action in Lebanon and beyond?

For and Against Dialogue with Syria

“Syria in Bush’s Crosshairs: MEPI Money” by Adam Zagorin

“The Story of My Arrest and Accusation” – by Michel Kilo

“President Bashar al-Asad Interviewed,” by Alix Van Buren

US Senators Defy Bush and Head for Damascus: Bush Says Asad Rules by Force

Encouraging Sectarian War as a Means to Bring Down Asad

“SYRIA: Regime interests dictate regional policies,” by Oxford Analytica

8 Syrian Students Face Trial for Starting Discussion Group