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Daesh and al Qaeda

Daesh and al Qaeda

Three years after Daesh defected from al Qaeda in an acrimonious and highly public split, many are still concerned that the two could someday reunite. Warnings about such a scenario…

Immense scale of Daesh threat to Turkey

Immense scale of Daesh threat to Turkey

The Reina nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve made clear the immense scale of the Islamic State threat to Turkey. Investigations have shed new light on the group’s…

Hard-line shift in Palestinian politics

Hard-line shift in Palestinian politics

Palestinian politicians tend to view term limits as casual suggestions. This is especially true in the case of the two largest Palestinian parties: the nominally secular Fatah, which manages the…

Daesh facing setbacks in Iraq and Syria

Daesh facing setbacks in Iraq and Syria

With the Islamic State (or ISIS) facing setbacks in Iraq and Syria, most observers believe that the group is crumbling. Indeed, just last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared…

Syrias conflict and Hezbollah.

Syrias conflict and Hezbollah.

As the Syrian Civil War approaches its sixth year, the country has been destroyed beyond repair. Even if the international community can cobble together a negotiated settlement that brings an…

Women in Security

Women in Security

Ninety percent or more of the attendees at our security executive seminars are men.  And those women who attend our training are usually security executives working at the highest levels…

Iraqi army confronting old kind of insurgency.

Iraqi army confronting old kind of insurgency.

Late last year, Iraqi army intelligence issued a security warning for southern Salahadin, which it had recently recaptured: an Islamic State (ISIS) insurgent group threatened to kill Shiite pilgrims who…

Six Arab Gulf countries in counter-terrorism exercises, codenamed Arab Gulf Security 1.

Six Arab Gulf countries in counter-terrorism exercises, codenamed Arab Gulf Security 1.

Security forces from all six Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been carrying out a series of counter-terrorism exercises, codenamed Arab Gulf Security 1. Hosted by Bahrain, the smallest…

Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the U.S. announced the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIS.

Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the U.S. announced the operation to retake Raqqa from ISIS.

  BEIRUT 06.11.2016 — Kurdish-led Syrian forces backed by the U.S. announced plans Sunday to retake the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, urging civilians to avoid “enemy…

U.S. Ret. Gral. D. Petraeus analysis on Mosul, the military operation and the day after.

U.S. Ret. Gral. D. Petraeus analysis on Mosul, the military operation and the day after.

Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus has no doubt that the forces bearing down on Mosul will drive out the Islamic State extremists who for two years have controlled what was…

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