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April 26, 2017

Analysis: France Presents Evidence Assad Committed Chemical Weapons Atrocity

The French government has released its assessment of the 4 April chemical weapons attack in Syria, and “independently and categorically confirms that sarin was used”. France “deployed the required resources to obtain its own samples,” the report notes, and “collected …

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April 25, 2017

Analysis: Russia and Iran Use Terrorism Against Western Interests

The evidence is mounting that Vladimir Putin’s government supports the Taliban as a means of thwarting NATO interests in Afghanistan. Russia has long manipulated terrorists, internally and abroad, to suit its policy aims, but as Moscow solidifies its relationship with …

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April 22, 2017

Analysis: ‘Signs of Recovery for the Islamic State’

The operation to clear the Islamic State (IS) from its Iraqi capital, Mosul, began on 17 October and is now 188 days old. IS was announced cleared from east Mosul on 25 January, and the offensive that began on 19 …

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April 21, 2017

Analysis: ‘Islamic State Attacks Intend To Provoke More Polarisation in France’

In Paris last night a gunman parked his car, stepped out, and opened fire on a police van outside a Marks & Spencer’s on the Champs Élysées. One policeman was murdered; two were wounded. A female tourist was also injured. …

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April 15, 2017

Analysis: ‘Islamic State Operative Connected to Charlie Hebdo Attack Might Still Be Alive’

Earlier today, an Iraqi military statement made public that the Iraqi government had provided coordinates to Bashar al-Assad’s air force, via the intelligence-sharing cell set up in Baghdad with Russia and Iran, for targets in Raqqa and al-Bukamal. One of …

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April 14, 2017

Analysis: ‘State Department Designates Two Canadian Jihadists in Syria’

The U.S. State Department added two Canadians to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) on 13 April. One of them, Tarek Sakr, of Syrian descent, is associated with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, which has since been through …

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April 12, 2017

Analysis: ‘America Officially Blames Assad for the Chemical Attack in Khan Shaykhun’

The United States’ cruise missile strikes in Syria in the early hours of 7 April devastated the Shayrat airbase from which, U.S. intelligence assesses, the regime of Bashar al-Assad launched the nerve agent attack on Khan Shaykhun on 4 April. …

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April 10, 2017

Analysis: ‘The West’s Inconsistent Approach To Foreign Fighters in Syria’

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkey-based Kurdish Marxist-nationalist insurgent group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Britain, the United States, NATO, and Turkey, created a new foreign fighter unit in Syria on 31 March. In Syria, the …

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April 9, 2017

Analysis: ‘An American Jihadist At the Top of the Islamic State’

The eighth edition of the Islamic State’s magazine, Rumiyah (Rome), was released on 5 April 2017, and contained an obituary for one of the architects of the magazine itself. Named by his kunyas, Abu Sulayman al-Shami, Abu Sulayman al-Halabi, and …

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Analysis: ‘Donald Trump’s Response to Chemical Attack Could Lead to a Solution in Syria’

Originally published in The Sunday Express
THE strike on the airbase from which Bashar al-Assad’s regime launched chemical weapons was intended to—and succeeded in—raising the price of using weapons of mass destruction and re-establishing the international norm against the use of …

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