Monthly Archives: December 2015

VICE News: “Turkey Is Betting on Aleppo Rebels to Get Islamic State Out of Border Area”

New from me on VICE News: In the wake of the ISIS’s November attack on Paris, carried out by European fighters returning from the Syrian battlefield, the U.S. and Turkey have been debating how to shut ISIS’s last open border. … Continue reading

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Jabhat al-Nusrah’s Abu Muhammad al-Jolani: “Of course we won’t be bound by [Riyadh].”

Below are some notes on Jabhat al-Nusrah chief Abu Muhammad al-Jolani’s recent “press conference,” which aired on December 12. In the conference, al-Jolani entertained questions from Mousa al-Omar of al-Ghad al-Arabi, Adham Abul-Husam of Al Jazeera, Muhammad al-Feisal of Orient … Continue reading

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Jabhat al-Nusrah leader on splits in Egyptian Brotherhood: “And that’s what jihadists are waiting for…”

Below I’ve translated a series of tweets from Abu Obeida al-Gharib, a leader in Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusrah. He weighs in at length on divisions within the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which was mostly decapitated after Egypt’s 2013 coup and … Continue reading

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VICE: “Syrian Rebels Took One Very Small Step Closer to Negotiating an End to the War”

New from me on VICE: At a meeting in Riyadh this week, the fractious Syrian opposition made its most encouraging progress to date towards forming a single political front. But after the last-minute withdrawal of major Salafist rebel brigade Ahrar … Continue reading

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