ISIS Tears Attention Away From Activism in Syria

September 07, 2016

Defeating ISIS is not the end-all solution to the war in Syria. When Omar Arab hears the sound of shelling nearby, he does not run for cover. He runs toward the noise. Arab is an independent photojournalist living in Aleppo, Syria. Once an ancient metropolis, it is now the battleground of what...

Kobani Could Strengthen Kurdish-Arab Relations in Syria

Will Kobani serve as a model for cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State? The Islamic State (IS) has suffered a setback at the Syrian-Turkish border city of Kobani. This much-heralded event was important for a reason that has potential ramifications for the civil war and the future...

Returning From Syria: Terrorism in the West

March 01, 2014

Western security services need to be on guard to handle a new terrorist threat from Syria. With numerous foreign fighters converging in Syria over the last couple of years, the following question needs to be asked: What happens to the face of terrorism once the foreign fighters return...

Lost Hope: The Abuse of Children in Syria

February 23, 2014

The violent struggle to control Syria is decimating its children's future.  When Mohammad Qataa, a 14-year-old boy, was brutally murdered in front of his mother last year in Syria, his story went viral. Forced out of school to sell coffee on the streets of Aleppo, he refused to serve...

War on Women: Forced Sex in the Name of Religion (Part 2/2)

November 02, 2013

Sex jihad should be taken seriously and demands serious investigation. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Several Arab newspapers claimed that the fatwas condoning such acts were issued by well-known religious leaders, including Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Mohammad al-Arefe and...

War on Women: Forced Sex in the Name of Religion (Part 1/2)

October 21, 2013

Sex jihad should be taken seriously and demands a thorough investigation. This is the first of a two part series. Jihad in Islam is the call to fight and go to war and be ready to die for the victory of Islam against the enemy, who is defined as an infidel. The call for Jihad is seen, by some...

In Kurdish Syria, a Different War

September 09, 2013

Kurds are fighting jihadists for the future of Syrian Kurdistan. On August 15, a car bomb ripped through a Beirut suburb, killing 21 people. The explosion was but the latest in a wave of attacks across Lebanon throughout 2012 and 2013, that were linked to events inside Syria. The ease with...

Considering the Options for Western Intervention in Syria

September 03, 2013

Syria's future may not be better off with regime change. Once again, the West seems to be teetering on the edge of invading a Middle Eastern country that is revolting against a Ba’athist government. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty that would make a military operation...

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Royal Rivalry in the Levant (Part 1/2)

August 14, 2013

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar will not cease to be a factor affecting events in Syria. This is the first of a two part series. The cycle of calamity plaguing Syria continues to intensify with no end in...

International Jihad and the Syrian Conflict

August 07, 2013

Nicholas A. Heras speaks to Aaron Y. Zelin about the Syrian Civil War and foreign jihadi fighters. Nicholas A. Heras: What particular characteristics of the Syrian conflict have made it an attractive theater of jihad for militant Salafist fighters? How has the jihadi concept of fard kifaya...

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