Category ISIS

Possible US-Iran Collision in Syria

Both FP and MEI’s IranObserved are reporting increased tensions between Iran and the US in Syria. Last week, US forces bombed an convoy from an Iranian backed militia operating close to a “deconfliction zone” close to the Jordanian–Iraqi–Syrian border. As Daesh continues to lose ground, while Free Syrian Army forces move North from the border with […]

Bosnia’s Struggle with Islamic Extremism

  Of the parties to the Yugoslav Civil War, Bosnia was the hardest hit. Sarajevo, the capital, was once the cosmopolitan epicenter of the Balkans. Some called it the Jerusalem of Europe, as it sits that the crossroads of Islam, Catholicism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the years after the Dayton Peace Accords (the agreement bringing […]

Mosul’s Boondock Saints

Almost immediately after Mosul fell to Daesh fighters, local militias began springing up to stanch Daesh’s progess. Now it seems there are anti-Daesh militias operating inside Mosul targeting Daesh leaders. Just this past weekend, a senior Daesh commander was killed by an unidentified group of gunmen, this comes a few months after several Daesh fighters […]

Obama’s Slow and Steady Daesh Policy

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced earlier today that US Special Operations forces killed a top Daesh official, Abdul Rahman Mustafa al Qaduli, who is also known as Hajji Imam. The operation took place early Thursday morning and was intended to capture al Qaduli alive. US forces were tracking al Qaduli for several weeks. They traveled […]

Two Things We Learned from Last Week

It was tough to narrow down to two the lessons learned from events in the Middle East last week. But there were two things that kept standing out. The first comes from testimony regarding proposed new sanctions on Iran before the Senate Banking Committee last Monday. The committee was briefed by Obama Administration officials and […]

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