Jabhat Fateh al-Sham: Al-Qaeda’s Ace in Syria Rebranded

On July 28, 2016 Jabhat al-Nusra declared that it was rebranding itself Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. This maneuver was announced by the group’s commander Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, who in a spirit of apparent transparency revealed his identity after years of anonymity, dressed as and quoting Osama bin Laden. The decision is a significant shake up within the Syrian Read more about Jabhat Fateh al-Sham: Al-Qaeda’s Ace in Syria Rebranded[…]

Turkish State and Society in Precarious Position

The attempted coup d’etat against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came as little surprise to some observers of Turkey. And apparently, it was not a surprise to Erdogan himself. E.U. officials have suggested that prior to the recent unrest, the Turkish government had already drawn out a list of those it wanted to purge after any attempted coup. This does not signify a false Read more about Turkish State and Society in Precarious Position[…]

Sectarian Jihad: A Confusing New Fashion

On December 10, 2013, Foreign Policy Magazine reported that the number of foreign fighters participating in the fight against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has eclipsed the number of jihadists who fought side-by-side in Afghanistan in the 1980s. “At this rate,” according to Foreign Policy’s Thomas Hegghammer, “the foreign fighter flow into Syria looks set to Read more about Sectarian Jihad: A Confusing New Fashion[…]

Call of Duty: War Motherfuckers

Syria is going nowhere fast The skyline of Dubai symbolizes the wealth of the United Arab Emirates: enormous spindles of steel, glass and concrete glisten under the Gulf sun and twinkle at night. However, the City of Gold casts a long shadow of slavery and repression. A fifth of the people living in the UAE Read more about Call of Duty: War Motherfuckers[…]

Somalia: JSOC opens drone franchise in the Horn – July 1 2011

An American Tale: Counterterror goes west Last week a drone killed two senior members of a terrorist organization – but this strike was not in Afghanistan or Pakistan nor was it against al-Qaeda or the Taliban and was not conducted by the CIA. The attack took place in Somalia, targeting and killing two members of Read more about Somalia: JSOC opens drone franchise in the Horn – July 1 2011[…]