Author Archives: Sam Heller

War on the Rocks: “The Tangled Web of the Syrian Jihad”

New: I review Charles Lister’s The Syrian Jihad for War on the Rocks. The Tangled Web of the Syrian Jihad

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The Daily Beast: “One Kurdish Neighborhood in the Crossfire”

New from me on The Daily Beast: While most of Syria got a ceasefire, Aleppo’s Kurdish al-Sheikh Maqsoud got two months of violence. Rebels and Kurdish forces each claim the other started the running battle on the edge of the … Continue reading

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VICE News: “Syrian Fighters Say the Ceasefire Is Getting Shakier and Shakier”

New from me on VICE News: Syria is caught in a sort of half-war limbo. The internationally sponsored ceasefire remains in effect nationwide, but isolated clashes across the country seems to be escalating, and there are fears that a battle … Continue reading

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VICE News: “Rebels Ignored the Islamic State in South Syria, and It’s Come Back to Haunt Them”

New from me and Avi Asher-Schapiro at VICE News: Southern rebels have mostly been ignoring their local proto-ISIS creeps – in part, they say, because the US and their other state backers told them to. But now ISIS has come … Continue reading

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World Politics Review: “Separating Nusra Front From Syria’s Rebels Is Easier Said Than Done”

New from me on World Politics Review: Syria’s ceasefire has made clear the growing rift between the country’s mainstream opposition and Jabhat al-Nusrah, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. But at the same time, it’s also highlighted how Nusrah it tangled up in … Continue reading

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The Daily Beast: “Al-Qaeda’s Screwing up in Syria”

New from me on The Daily Beast: New static between Jabhat al-Nusrah and mainstream Syrian rebels and a half-tell-all, half-anti-Nusrah jeremiad by the son of the founder of modern jihadism have embroiled the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate in new controversy. Now … Continue reading

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War on the Rocks: “Are CIA-Backed Syrian Rebels Really Fighting Pentagon-Backed Syrian Rebels?”

New from me on War on the Rocks: Everyone, take a breath. CIA-backed Syrian rebels are not fighting Pentagon-backed Syrian rebels. http://warontherocks.com/2016/03/are-cia-backed-syrian-rebels-really-fighting-pentagon-backed-syrian-rebels/

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