Posted by Joshua on Sunday, December 8th, 2013
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.
Posted by Matthew Barber on Saturday, April 27th, 2013
By Matthew Barber and the Syria Video team This long post contains the following sections: The Defectors Defect Will EU Oil Purchases Finance al-Qaida? Al-Musareb: Al-Nusra Punishes a Village Regime-Style Syrian Taliban The Opposition’s Ambivalent Response to al-Nusra’s Affiliation with al-Qaida (and the Plan to Introduce an Alternative Islamic Law in Syria) Jabhat al-Nusra is […]
Posted by Matthew Barber on Sunday, April 14th, 2013
by Matthew Barber Al-Qaida and Jabhat al-Nusra have each declared an Islamic State in Syria, in their own way. And by the way, Jabhat al-Nusra is al-Qaida. The head of al-Nusra, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, finally confirmed the obvious through an official declaration of allegiance. An Islamic State in Syria? For Real? Al-Qaida in […]