Search: USA,Islamic State,Syria (17 materials)


The Three Phases of Jihadism

... perspective, as opposed to Al Qaeda which was pre-millenarian. By the same token, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi independently developed a form of jihad that was mostly sectarian. He... ... who were antagonized and persecuted. With this support, they established a network in Syria and Iraq which eventually became the Caliphate. The third phase of Jihadism did... ... through phishing actions. This allowed them to build a mechanism that would lead to the Islamic State and to the Caliphate which was proclaimed in June 2014. However the post-millenarian...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... already proving difficult to resolve, not even considering the added problem caused by accusations of mutual election interference. These include security concerns and disputes... ... extremism, the U.S., Europeans and Russia generally agree on the need to control the Islamic State. However, there has been a significant lack of coordination that has been... ... terms in the aftermath. Then, in early April 2017, the U.S. fired 59 cruise missiles at Syrian airbase on grounds that the Syrian military had allegedly used chemical weaponry...


Russia does not let its friends down

... in Moscow was whether Russia would give in. An immediate change of policy was obviously not on the cards since it is not in Putin's nature to make sudden concessions under pressure. But will he gradually and incrementally pull the rug from under the Syrian president? According to Russian experts in Moscow, there are multiple reasons why the Kremlin will not. They range from concerns about future chaos in Syria in the aftermath of regime change to the damage that would be inflicted on Russia's reputation ...


New Syria Ceasefire: Same Old Story

Can Russia and the U.S. control their proxies? Syria ceasefire deal, announced on September 9, 2016 after marathon talks between Russia and the United States, has been labelled ... ... situation in their favor. As of now, there are only two organizations that everyone agrees to view as terrorists in Syria: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Greater Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat Fateh ash-Sham (former Jabhat an-Nusra). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque ...


The Capture of Palmyra: Victory in Battle, but Not a Turning Point

The Syrian army finally regained control over Palmyra, one of the key strategic cities in central Syria, after four days’ intensive ... ... government would soon dare to push towards Palmyra. This historic area is somewhat isolated, being located far away from the major Islamic State-controlled territories along the Euphrates. With many sources of IS funding being cut off, it is more important ...


The War against Islamic State: Reconstruction of the Geopolitical Balance

... USA can deal with ISIS without Russian help. However, the current strategy of Washington in the region has failed. Supporting moderate ‘democratic’ opposition and conducting airstrikes did not bring peace in the region and did not pacify Islamic State. Republican party in USA has criticized Obama’s tactics in fighting the ISIS, claiming that bombing Iraq and Syria will not defeat the terrorists. Air strikes alone are not effective, what is needed is more ground troops on the territory of Iraq and Syria. On the other hand, Russian foreign minister Lavrov has stated that if Russia and USA could unite their ...


The U.S. and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East: An Alliance of Competing Powers, Too Risky to Break?

... policy rules, Riyadh decided to increase its U.S. lobbying USD 3.66 billion. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI Boris Dolgov, Omar Mahmood: The Syrian Conflict: Russian and GCC Perspectives The U.S. allies largely share the same needs, i.e. security guarantees plus more ... ... conflicts. But the Americans are holding their ground, with the State Department laconically responding “the Saudi refusal is their own business.” However, analysts believe that Riyadh gave up its UNSC position over fears of failure in its ...


Paris Events Will Further Tighten the Middle East Knot

The attacks will almost inevitably lead to an escalation of war in Iraq and Syria, as well as to changes in the balance of forces in the Middle East as a whole. Although it will take time to truly evaluate ... ... mobilization, but the government also cannot avoid launching a major retribution. It might include more intensive attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and a clearer and more coordinated allied strategy will certainly replace the rather haphazard ...


Identifying the Strategy behind Russia’s Air Strikes in Syria

... days after Vladimir Putin’s speech at the UN General Assembly in New York Russia launched an anti-terrorist campaign in Syria. Nothing in the President’s speech indicated that Russia would go ahead with air strikes in the country, let alone ... ... US-led coalition in its present form John Kerry said that Washington would welcome Moscow’s contribution to fight the Islamic State if the military campaign was “genuine” and not aimed at only helping Assad. First reports of Russian ...


Fighting evil separately

There is no doubt that Moscow understands that Syria will no longer be the way it once was, neither in terms of government nor borders. If returning to a pre-war situation is ... ... nothing to do with cooperation in fighting a common enemy. The fact that both leaders are speaking about a coalition to combat the Islamic State points to different, not coinciding, approaches, since the two have their own vision of the coalition that should ...


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