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ISW Blog: Al Qaeda Clearing the Path to Dominance in Southern Syria, Nov 22, 2017
Al Qaeda may leverage the wave of other attacks carried out by ISIS and the Assad regime to conceal its own covert campaign against the opposition. Al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS) likely seeks to exploit the deteriorating security situation in Southern Syria to advance its own covert assassination campaign against rival governance structures and armed opposition groups.Al Qaeda dispatched over thirty senior officials to reinvigorate its efforts to embed within the opposition in Southern Syria in May 2017. The areas currently experiencing the most concentrated number of assassinations overlap with the regions where al Qaeda conducted significant governance outreach in Southern Syria since 2016. Of the forty-two assassination attempts recorded by ISW in Southern Syria between August 5 and November 21, 2017, at least twenty-six occurred near the towns and villages where al Qaeda previously conducted governance outreach. The targets also increasingly include governance structures competing with HTS. At least four senior jurists from the opposition Dar al Adel Court were targeted by assassination attempts in October 2017, including the successfulassassination of Dar al Adel Executive Force Commander Omar al Mafa’alani on October 9. The spate of assassinations ultimately forced the Dar al Adel Court to cease its operations for a week on October 28.
JabhatAl-Nusra  Daraa  Mar15  Assassination  FSA  ISIS 
yesterday by elizrael
After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing | World news | The Guardian
Taha and the two officers walked back. A young officer said, with a sheepish smile: “I wonder if God one day will punish us for all these killings. Will we go mad or something worse?”

“He is my fifth since the start of [the battle of] Mosul,” said Taha. “Al-Qaida have one good principle: if they suspect someone, or have the tiniest evidence against him, they execute him. They say that if he was guilty, he deserved it, and if he was innocent, his blood will be purged and later he will go to heaven. I follow the same principle.”

Locals, keen to exact revenge on those they held responsible for the miseries and destruction of the last three years, started denouncing not only members of Isis and their families who had tried to blend in with fleeing civilians, but also any man of fighting age who came from a different city, bore the marks of injury, or simply looked suspicious.

His brother, who had joined Isis a few years earlier, told him that the years of oppression by the Shia government in Baghdad and its sectarian security forces were over.
iraq  mosul  sad  daesh  isis 
yesterday by craniac
Inside Rukban Camp, One of Syria’s Most Desperate Settlements — Syria Deeply, Oct 27, 2017
The situation in the Rukban camp for internally displaced persons near the border with Jordan is rapidly deteriorating. International humanitarian groups are close to being overwhelmed, despite local NGOs and rebel groups trying to help out as well.
Homs  Mar15  Jordan  IDPs  ISIS  FSA 
4 days ago by elizrael
via . Pentagon Says It's Staying In Syria, Even Though ISIS Appears Defeated -
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5 days ago by andriak
WTF happened in Lebanon and ISIS update - Tommy Vietor's foreign affairs podcast - Crooked Media - Nov 17 2017
With Rob Malley - Crisis Group - was ISIS lead on Obama NSC - he arrived in Beirut, scheduled to meet Hariri, just as Hariri resigned on Saudi TV. The stunt has succeeded in producing the miracle of all parties in Lebanon agreeing on something - that it was effectively a hostage situation and they want their Prime Minister back. The discussion mostly deals with Saudi screwing stuff up and MBS consistently taking counterproductive steps that blow up in his face, the problems when Trump is seen by the region as giving MBS a blank check, and the clean up efforts required, which the Trump Admin isn't (yet?) organized to do consistently. The only winner is Iran, which just has to sit back quietly and get out the popcorn. Interesting discussion of how the Obama administration found it difficult to stay out of supporting Saudis re Yemen - timing with Iran nuclear talks was key consideration in limiting perceived options.
podcast  US_foreign_policy  Obama_administration  Trump_foreign_policy  MENA  Lebanon  Saudia_Arabia  Iran  Syria  ISIS  GWOT  diplomacy 
5 days ago by dunnettreader
The ISIS Tailspin of Terrorism
Watching YouTube won’t produce a skilled terrorist

NOTE: incomplete post from 2017–08–15. ISIS collapsed faster than my interest in finishing this post.
a:thegrugq  p:Medium  operational-security  information-security  isis  terrorism 
7 days ago by andrewjbates
RT : In 2014, my friend, Kamaran Najm, an Iraqi Kurdish photojournalist was kidnapped by . After three and half yea…
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8 days ago by brokenbottleboy
US Caught Faking It in Syria
The great danger of faking your ability to do something in the public square is that someone with an actual desire to the job you are pretending to do might come along and show you up.

This is what has just happened to the US in Syria with the entrance of Russia into the fight against ISIL.
conspiracy  Israel  war  wesleyClarke  ISIS  syria 
8 days ago by Jswindle

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