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December 10, 2017

America’s Kurdish Allies in Syria Drift Toward the Regime, Russia, and Iran

The American-led Coalition against the Islamic State (IS) partnered with the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF), a political façade for the proscribed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as the ground force in Syria. The most ventilated problems with this partnership so far …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
December 8, 2017

From London to the Islamic State: The Career of Abdullah al-Faisal

The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal (born: Trevor William Forrest), a Jamaican cleric who supports the Islamic State (IS) on 5 December. This was long overdue. Al-Faisal’s record of disseminating jihadist ideology, and influencing and/or interacting with terrorists, …

Posted in The Orton Report
December 4, 2017

Securing British Interests in the Gulf Crisis

The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to impose a boycott on Qatar this summer was an out-of-character development for the Gulf, where all too much politics is conducted behind closed doors between the ruling …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Qatar, The Orton Report
December 3, 2017

Defector from the “Syrian Democratic Forces” Speaks About the PKK’s Role in Syria

Talal Silo was the leader of an ethnic Turkoman unit within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the ground partner in Syria of the American-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS). Having defected recently, Tilo has now given an interview …

Posted in The Orton Report
November 30, 2017

Qatar and the Gulf Crisis

A new report by the Henry Jackson Society – Qatar and the Gulf Crisis – examines the charges made against the Qatari government by other Gulf states and questions whether the small nation is engaged in power politics and bolstering …

Posted in Publication, Spotlight, The Orton Report
November 28, 2017

Former Al-Qaeda in Syria Branch Arrests Members of Al-Qaeda in Syria

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a powerful jihadi group in northern Syria, formally broke from al-Qaeda’s command over the last year. In the morning of 27 November, HTS arrested the leaders of a splinter group from HTS that remained loyal to al-Qaeda. …

Posted in The Orton Report
November 23, 2017

America Reveals How Iran Funds Instability in Yemen

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of Treasury, on 20 November, sanctioned “a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to …

Posted in The Orton Report
November 21, 2017

Defining Freedom Fighters and Terrorists in Syria (and Beyond)

Yesterday, it was announced that a 15 November Turkish government airstrike in the mountains of the Sirnak area in southeastern Turkey, near the zone where the borders of Turkey, Syria, and Iraq meet, had killed twelve guerrillas from the Kurdistan …

Posted in The Orton Report
November 19, 2017

Iran Escalates its Subversive Activities in Bahrain

Just over a week ago, the major oil pipeline in Bahrain was bombed by operatives the government says were working for the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in an escalating series of terrorist attacks inside Bahrain. Throughout …

Posted in The Orton Report
November 17, 2017

A Defection and the Dictatorship in Syrian Kurdistan

It was announced on 15 November that Talal Ali Silo, the official spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), had fled to the EUPHRATES SHIELD zone in northern Aleppo, run by rebels operating under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) brand …

Posted in The Orton Report
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