Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Century Foundation: “Al Qaeda Quits Syria in Name Only”

New from me for The Century Foundation on the ostensible end of Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusrah and why there may be less to Nusrah’s break with al-Qaeda than meets the eye: https://tcf.org/content/commentary/al-qaeda-quits-syria-name/ Advertisements

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The Century Foundation: “Are Syria’s Rebels at Al Qaeda’s Mercy?”

New from me for The Century Foundation: Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusrah attacked another northern “Free Syrian Army” brigade earlier this month – but now the episode looks more like an interlude in a power struggle within that brigade than … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Four Perspectives on the War in Syria”

New from The Century Foundation, a roundtable discussion of Syria featuring me, Thanassis Cambanis, Michael Hanna and Aron Lund. The piece features our general read on the war and our (mostly pessimistic) take on the policy options now available: https://tcf.org/content/report/four-perspectives-war-syria/

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Jabhat al-Nusrah Media Official: “A comment on David Ignatius’s article in the Washington Post”

Below I’ve translated the response from Abu Ammar al-Shami, head of Jabhat al-Nusrah’s media office, to David Ignatius’s July 19 Washington Post article. Abu Ammar’s rebuttal of Ignatius is a demonstration of the political trap the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate has … Continue reading

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Addendum on the Twitter Account Attributed to Khaz’al al-Sarhan

After the publication of my recent article on the New Syrian Army for The Century Foundation, New Syrian Army commander Khaz’al al-Sarhan has denied that the Twitter account in his name with which I corresponded belonged to him. A full accounting … Continue reading

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The Century Foundation: “Suppose America Gave a Proxy War in Syria and Nobody Came?”

New from me for the Century Foundation: Last Wednesday, the New Syrian Army—America’s best, maybe only, hope to challenge the self-proclaimed Islamic State in its east Syrian stronghold—launched a daring attack on the heart of Islamic State territory. By Thursday, … Continue reading

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