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May 16, 2017

Analysis: Coalition Policy Is Ensuring Islamic State’s Survival

This blog is part of the Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) research series The Day After ISIS: the Middle East after Islamic State.
Within the next month, the Islamic State (IS) will likely lose its grip on its Iraqi …

Posted in The Orton Report
May 12, 2017

Analysis: Crackdown Continues in Syrian Kurdish Areas

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) controls areas of northern Syria, operating under the name of the Democratic Union Party or PYD (its political wing) and the People’s Protection Units or YPG (its military wing). On Tuesday, President Donald Trump approved …

Posted in Spotlight, The Orton Report
May 10, 2017

Analysis: ‘The Problems With the West’s Partners Against the Islamic State’

Originally published at TRT World
The United States has tried to engage in Syria almost solely in a counter-terrorism capacity, against the Islamic State (IS) and—in a recently-escalating campaign—against al Qaeda. The narrowness of the focus on jihadist terrorists led to …

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May 4, 2017

Analysis: Jihadist Terror Remains a Significant Problem for Britain

Over the past week, the authorities have disrupted two potential terrorist attacks in London. This follows the Westminster Bridge attack last month, which was claimed by the Islamic State (IS). Britain has been one of the most targeted states by …

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April 29, 2017

Analysis: PKK and Propaganda

The West’s Syria policy is beginning to unravel of its own contradictions.
The Turkish government launched airstrikes against the positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in north-eastern Syria and the Sinjar area of north-western Iraq in the early hours of …

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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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