Syria Update October 2013

As the United States embraces a plan to get rid of all chemical weapons in Syria, the Syrian rebels are reorganizing themselves into Islamic coalitions that are independent of the US-backed Syrian National Coalition and are in opposition to an ascendant al-Qaeda. This reorganization represents a significant loss of US influence among the rebels, their willingness to adopt a hard-core Islamist character, and the probability of internal fighting between al-Qaeda and the other Sunni rebels in Syria.

Developments in the Syrian Crisis: The Rise of al-Qaeda and Retreat of the Regime

On December 15, 2012, Posted by , In Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Developments in the Syrian Crisis: The Rise of al-Qaeda and Retreat of the Regime

The situation in Syria has been deteriorating rapidly in the past few weeks. New developments are of special concern for U.S. national security as we are getting a new view of Syria’s geopolitical reality. These developments include the rise in preeminence of al-Qaeda and its affiliates among the rebellion, concerns…

Hijacking a Rebellion: New Trends in al-Qaeda Tactics

On October 13, 2012, Posted by , In Africa,Middle East,North America, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Hijacking a Rebellion: New Trends in al-Qaeda Tactics

Events in the Middle East and North Africa in recent months indicate a major shift in strategy by al-Qaeda and its affiliates. While many officials mistake this shift as a sign of al-Qaeda’s looming defeat, it actually displays a rapidly growing danger to U.S. national security. Al-Qaeda’s new ability to…