Is Islamic State back?

Is Islamic State back?

By Aviva Guttmann In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic the crises of tomorrow can fester. A resurgence of Islamic State (IS) is likely to be one of them. In recent weeks, IS has carried out a spate of attacks on security forces in Iraq and different areas of...
Al-Baghdadi is dead, but is the Islamic State?

Al-Baghdadi is dead, but is the Islamic State?

By Steve Hoadley The killing of the caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is significant in many ways, but not as a major victory in the campaign against jihadist violence. Finding al-Baghdadi in a remote compound in the Syrian desert was a triumph...
What next for the Kurds in Syria?

What next for the Kurds in Syria?

By Egemen Bezci Egemen Bezci looks at the current predicament facing the Kurdish population in Syria. United States President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw American military forces from Syria caught senior American administration officials by surprise,...
Why is the Golan Heights so important?

Why is the Golan Heights so important?

By Abdulaziz Alghashian When Iran recently attacked the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from its positions in south-west Syria, Israel responded with a volley of air strikes that it says all but destroyed “almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria”. It was a...
Is Syria a “Quicksilver” war?

Is Syria a “Quicksilver” war?

By William Harris In an excerpt from his new book “Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflict,” William Harris details the concept of the “Quicksilver War” and why he thinks Syria is an example of such a war. In mid-November 2014,...