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What is Russia Really Doing in Syria?

On March 2, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,ISIS,Russia,Syria, With Comments Off on What is Russia Really Doing in Syria?

Written by Marren Haneberg Russia is a longtime ally of Syria, with relations dating back to the 1970s Soviet Union (Rahman-Jones). In 2015, Russia began supporting the Assad regime with weapons, air support, and ground troops. While Russian President Vladimir Putin claims the goal of Russia’s action in Syria is…

ISIS’ Use of Social Media

On February 22, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iraq,ISIS,Middle East,Syria, With Comments Off on ISIS’ Use of Social Media

Written by Kailey Nordgran In 2013, under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS began to study the West’s media so they could understand how best to mimic its methods of persuasion (Koerner, 2017). About a year later, in 2014, ISIS’s use of social media started, when they systematically leveraged…

What’s Next for Syria: The Repercussions of U.S. Military Withdrawal

On February 19, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Iraq,ISIS,Syria,United States, With Comments Off on What’s Next for Syria: The Repercussions of U.S. Military Withdrawal

Written by Katie Munk             The United States’ plan for withdrawal from Syria creates danger for U.S. Kurdish allies as well as U.S. dominance in the region. Recently U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pushed the remaining proto-military ISIS fighters out of their last remaining stronghold in…

HTS threatens Syrian-Turkish-Russian agreements, U.S. alliances in Idlib

On February 2, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Information Reports,Middle East,Syria, By , , With Comments Off on HTS threatens Syrian-Turkish-Russian agreements, U.S. alliances in Idlib

By Katie Munk Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to stabilize Syria’s Idlib province against Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham’s (HTS) growing aggression and territorial expansion struggles to be implemented (Russia: Deal 2019; Russia, Turkey 2019). Turkey and Russia planned for a de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib,…

HTS Aggression in the Idlib

On January 21, 2019, Posted by , In Information Reports,Katie Munk,Middle East,Syria, With Comments Off on HTS Aggression in the Idlib

Written by Katie Munk Syrian Islamist terrorist group Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) continues to push its territorial expansion campaign from the Idlib province into Aleppo and the surrounding area controlled by the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF). Increasing aggression from HTS warns of more conflict not only for civilians and…