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 […]

Jabhat al-Nusra and Other Islamists Briefly Capture Historic Christian Town of Ma’loula

  Jabhat al-Nusra and Other Islamists Briefly Capture Historic Christian Town of Ma’loula By Matthew Barber for Syria Comment   Ma’loula (or Maaloula) is one of those unique places you may be lucky to visit—or perhaps were lucky to have visited, were you fortunate enough to have been in Syria before the conflict began. An […]

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

This is the first half of a two-part examination by Aymenn al-Tamimi of the activities of and relationships between al-Qa’ida-affiliated fighter groups in Syria. Where Does Jabhat al-Nusra End, and the Islamic State of Iraq & ash-Sham Begin? by Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi for Syria Comment   Since April, the al-Qa’ida-aligned jihadist front in the Syrian […]

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

News from Aleppo / Idlib / Homs   Government forces in Syria press on with battle to retake rebel-held areas – WP Syrian government aircraft scattered leaflets over the northern province of Idlib on Wednesday, calling on rebels to hand themselves over and urging foreign fighters to return to their homelands, as regime troops pressed […]

Ayman al-Zawahiri Rants about Syria

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment The al-Qaida emir, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a grumpy old man, but who wouldn’t be in his position? Like his late predecessor Osama bin Laden, and indeed many grumpy old men, he has a habit of haranguing the world for its faults while angrily wagging his finger. Today, for […]