Browsing: Karen Leigh

World Aftermath of ISIS truck bomb in Hama
Syria: Suicide bombs unpopular but can be “effective as a military tactic” by extremists

On Monday, a suicide bomber from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) drove a car laden with 1.5 tons of explosives into a Syrian military checkpoint at the busy eastern entrance to the government-controlled city of Hama. More than 30 people died, including civilians. The audacity of the attack signalled a shift in al-Qaeda’s Syrian military tactics, and its rising confidence in an increasingly fragmented rebel state.

World Destruction in Bab Amr, Homs, Syria.
Syria: Has al-Qaeda taken over the revolution?

Al-Qaeda-linked groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Jabhat al-Nusra have consolidated their power in Syria in recent weeks, particularly in the country’s north, but have they overshadowed moderate elements of the opposition?

World Sarin gasmask graffiti
Syria: How easy will it be for Assad to hand over his chemical weapons arsenal?

Bashar al-Assad has agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over his stockpile of chemical weapons.The move comes on the same day that President Barack Obama will give an address on the potential for U.S. involvement in Syria. Syria Deeply asked Aram Nerguizian, a senior fellow with the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to weigh in on the potential success of a weapons-gathering mission.

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