The Calm Before the Storm

Why Volatility Signals Stability, and 
Vice Versa By Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Gregory F. Treverton
 From our January/February 2015 Issue   The aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo, November 2014. (Rami Zayat / Courtesy Reuters) Even as protests spread across the Middle East in early 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria appeared immune…

Dabiq: What Islamic State’s New Magazine Tells Us about Their Strategic Direction, Recruitment Patterns and Guerrilla Doctrine

Publication: Volume: 0 Issue: 0 August 1, 2014 03:38 PM Age: 9 hrs By: Michael W. S. Ryan   Dabiq Magazine (Source: Twitter user @umOmar246) Executive Summary On the first day of Ramadan (June 28), the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared itself the new Islamic State and the new Caliphate (Khilafah). For…

Al Qaeda-linked group urged Lebanon attacks against Hezbollah before Wednesday bombing

June 26, 2014 3:33 AM Firefighters put out a fire at Duroy hotel as people watch from windows following a bomb attack, in Raouche, … DUBAI (Reuters) – The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades had urged Lebanese Sunni Muslims to attack the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah a day before Wednesday’s suicide bombing in central Beirut.…

Who Is Mehdi Nemmouche?

America is ignoring the newest generation of European jihadists being forged in the crucible of the Syrian war. June 24, 2014 By John Rosenthal News that the suspected perpetrator of the Brussels Jewish Museum shooting is a French jihadist veteran of the Syrian war has added to what were already growing concerns about the dangers…

The Northern Storm Brigade: It’s History, Current Status, and Why It Matters

By Chris Looney Posted by Joshua on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 The Northern Storm Brigade: It’s History, Current Status, and Why It Matters By Chris Looney: chris@sreo.org Research Analyst at the Syria Research and Evaluation Organization (SREO) based in Gaziantep, Turkey For Syria Comment, March 18, 2014   The Northern Storm Brigade (NSB: Arabic – Liwa…