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January 22, 2018

Syrian war reaches Britain as volunteers, not soldiers, die fighting ISIL

Between 2007 and 2011 the small British town of Wootton Bassett came to a halt as the bodies of soldiers killed in Afghanistan passed through on the way home to their families. Several times a month church bells rang out, …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
January 19, 2018

ISIS is building a new “caliphate” in northwestern Syria

The reality is different. ISIS terrorists are on the rise in north-western Syria. But how could this happen?
In October and November, troops of the Syrian regime advanced against the terrorist militia in the east of the country. Many expected a month-long battle for …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
January 12, 2018

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria’s Idlib province

The Syrian regime is conducting a major military offensive against the northwest province of Idlib – which is primarily under the control of the al-Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly known as the Nusra Front.
The offensive comes as the regime …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
January 4, 2018

Assad drops almost 70,000 barrel bombs on Syria, study finds

Bashar al Assad’s regime has dropped almost 70,000 barrel bombs on Syria during the country’s near seven-year civil war, according to a report released this week.
The report, published by the non-profit Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), is perhaps the …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria
December 29, 2017

Turkey’s potential military operation in Syria’s Afrin: A Legal Analysis

On what grounds could Turkey intervene in Syria’s Afrin?

Syria’s continuing failure to halt the large-scale outpouring of refugees across international borders and, more importantly, to prevent cross-border terrorist attacks originating from its territory, is indicative of Assad’s inability or unwillingness …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria, Turkey
December 18, 2017

Trump Has Continued Obama’s Policy in Syria

Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s administration, the president has followed the track laid down by his predecessors in Syria, accelerating it in some cases, and reinforcing the negative trends of Barack Obama’s defective policy that will undo even apparent …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Syria
November 21, 2017

Reaching its limits in Syria, what is the next move for the SDF?

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian regime have captured the strategic eastern city of Deir Ezzor from Daesh. Not only does this signify the loss of Daesh’s final urban stronghold in Syria, it also means that the SDF …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Syria

Syria opposition in Riyadh aims to form united front

Baghdad, Iraq – Syria peace talks have become a parallel saga to the suffering and violence that continues in the country, where 6.3 million people remain internally displaced, and more than 470,000 have lost their lives in more than seven years of fighting.
The issues surrounding …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, News Coverage, Syria
November 10, 2017

Kyle Orton discusses the War in Syria and Assad on France 24

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Syria
August 17, 2017

The Forgotten Fighters: The PKK in Syria

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, “The Forgotten Foreign Fighters: The PKK in Syria”, has highlighted the urgent need for the government to prevent British citizens joining a violent organisation with a record of war crimes.
We report on how …

Posted in Publication, Spotlight, Syria, Turkey
March 24, 2017

Even if Isis is defeated in Syria and Iraq, its foreign reach has taken on a life of its own

This article originally appeared in the International Business Times 
Just after 2:30pm yesterday afternoon, a terrorist mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before jumping out near Parliament and stabbing a police officer to death. Three people were murdered, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Syria, Terrorism & Security
March 2, 2017

Event Summary: ‘Forbidden Aid: The Case of Israeli Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria’

By Sam Freedman
On Wednesday 1st March the Henry Jackson Society welcomed Dr Nir Boms, Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism, and Issam Zeitoun, an Independent Syrian Opposition figure. Dr Nir Boms started by outlining the current state …

Posted in Event Summaries, Israel, Middle East, Syria
March 1, 2017

Event: ‘Forbidden Aid: The Case of Israeli Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria’

TIME: 15:00 – 16:00, 1st March 2017
VENUE: Tbc
SPEAKERS
Dr Nir Boms
Research Fellow, International Centre for Counter Terrorism
Issam Zeitoun
Independent Syrian Oppositionist
For a transcript of this event click here
In the past five years, Israel has managed an extraordinary effort that has provided over 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid …

Posted in Event, Israel, Syria, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
December 23, 2016

Turkey and The West in Syria: Course Correction

A new report from The Henry Jackson Society, Turkey and the West in Syria: Course Correction, argues that Western policy towards Turkey must change in light of the nature of Turkish involvement in Syria. Having initially attempted to improve relations with …

Posted in Syria, Turkey
December 18, 2016

‘5 YEARS of attacks on Britain’ as ISIS and al-Qaida fired up from Aleppo

Originally published by the Daily Express
Fighting has ended in the besieged city reclaimed by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and ISIS militants face catastrophic defeat in Mosul.
But ideas that the wave of terror striking fear across Europe is about to come …

Posted in ISIS, News Coverage, Syria
December 17, 2016

Civilians fleeing Aleppo are already being recruited to join gangs of local jihadi extremists linked to al-Qaeda

Originally published by Daily Mail
Men fleeing Aleppo risk recruitment by jihadi groups operating in northern Syria, where an al-Qaeda-linked group has its main hub.
Civilians fleeing Aleppo are moving to Idlib province, where there are more than 50,000 rebel troops, including …

Posted in News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
December 3, 2016

Syria rebels vow to adopt guerrilla tactics as Assad forces seize two thirds of east Aleppo

Originally published by the Telegraph.
Faced with almost certain defeat in the city of Aleppo, Syrian rebel groups have promised to continue their war by adopting the guerrilla tactics of assassinations, armed raids and roadside bombs.
The four-year battle for control of …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
November 29, 2016

What can we expect after the fall of Aleppo?

Originally posted by TRT World
The pro-Assad coalition in Syria has conquered more than a third of the rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo City, the last urban stronghold of the mainstream armed opposition. Without significant external assistance, it is difficult to …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Russia, Syria
November 25, 2016

Foreign fighters for statelets: From Kurdistan to the ‘Caliphate’

Originally posted by the New Arab
Much is made of the foreign fighters who flock to join the “caliphate” Islamic State (IS) claims to have established in Iraq and Syria.
Although many foreign fighters are from Middle Eastern and North African countries, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
November 12, 2016

Russian warships arrive off Syrian coast ahead of ‘final’ assault on Aleppo

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY THE TELEGRAPH:
A flotilla of Russian warships arrived off the coast of Syria on Saturday, readying for a large-scale land and sea assault on the city of Aleppo.

“Moscow clearly intends this as a message to the West – …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Russia, Syria
October 19, 2016

What happens if Islamic State flees Iraq?

Originally published by The Week
The EU’s security commissioner has warned of the threat to Europe posed by Islamic State militants fleeing Mosul.

Kyle Orton, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, believes the group is deliberately giving up its caliphate.

Read full …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Defence, Europe, European Union, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey

Douglas Murray on Sky News debating Migrant Crisis

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, CRT News Coverage, Defence, Europe, Extremism, ISIS, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

Dr Alan Mendoza speaks to Wall Street Journal about no-fly zone over Syria

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Democracy & Development, Extremism, ISIS, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Russia, Syria, Terrorism & Security
October 18, 2016

After losses in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State moves goal posts

Orginally published by Boston Globe
BEIRUT — Islamic State leaders had long promised their followers an apocalyptic battle — foretold, some believe, by the Prophet Mohammed — in an otherwise nondescript village they controlled in northern Syria.

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the senior Islamic …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
October 17, 2016

Kyle Orton on Symbolic Importance of Dabiq to Islaimc State on BBC World Service

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey
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