The Syrian conflict holds severe long term threats for the United States and its allies. While the most dangerous of these threats may not reveal themselves for years, the fruits of the conflict are already evident in the growth of organizations such as the Islamic State. As foreign fighters from across the world gain combat experience and build personal relationships in Syria, they expand a global network of terrorists and terrorist sympathizers. These individuals will greatly increase the capability of terrorist organizations to conduct operations in countries around the world, especially as they return home.
Tag Archives: Middle East
October 2, 2014
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July 8, 2014
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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made significant territorial gains over the past month as it has moved toward Baghdad. Leveraging the Sunni populations’ disenfranchisement with the central government, the ISIL has successfully taken strategic cities in Anbar, Nineweh, Salah al-Din, and Diyala provinces. This report will analyze the ISIL’s military strategy and offer suggestions as to how the Iraqi government can successfully combat this extremist group.
April 12, 2013
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Praemon is proud to release this, the first Annual Threat Report. In addition to each student contributor’s regular pieces on varying national security issues, the Annual Threat Report (ATR) is a large-scale, collaborative analysis project. The purpose of the ATR is to identify the handful of threats that we, the members of Praemon, consider to […]
December 8, 2011
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A political cartoon depicts President Bashir Al-Assad of Syria as the grim reaper of Syria. According to the United Nations, over 4,000 people, including over 300 children, have been killed in Syria during the Arab Spring unrest. The Arab League has repeatedly passed resolutions and sanctions on Syria. Recently […]
November 21, 2011
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On November 8, 2011 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report stating that Iran has “carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device.” Although this may not come as a surprise to most people, what is a surprise is that Iran has been able to stockpile enriched uranium (at a […]