Syria

Heavy Blow Administered to Assad’s Foes

Ahrar al Sham will need time to re-organize and to fill the ranks of its dead commanders.  Read More »

The Structure of the Islamic State (ISIS)

ISIS is much more than a terrorist organization; it is a terrorist state with almost all governing elements.   Read More »

The Ties Between the Nusra Front – the Syrian al Qaeda Affiliate – and Hamas

Does Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal run two other jihadi groups now on the Golan Heights?  Read More »

What Does an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq Mean?

As a new regional reality emerges in the Middle East, Israel faces new and more complex security challenges than in the past. These threats sharply focus the issue of defensible borders west of the Jordan River.   Read More »

Iran Launches “Hizbullah Syria” to Open a New Front Against Israel on the Golan Heights

“Hizbullah Syria” is a new vehicle for enhanced Iranian subversion in the Golan Heights  Read More »

Is Hizbullah about to Withdraw from Syria?

Hizbullah’s military involvement in Syria is now a subject of heated domestic debate in Iran. This debate is being waged against the backdrop of the international refusal to let Iran take part in the Geneva 2 talks on Syria’s future, […]  Read More »

Foreign Jihadists Fighting in Syria: An Overview of the Danger

When the Syrian regime said almost two years ago that foreign combatants were fighting with the rebels against the regime, little attention was paid to the subject. Some even purposely ignored the signal and stressed that the Assad regime was […]  Read More »

The Syrian Constellation before the Geneva 2 Peace Talks

The U.S. and Russia convened the Geneva 2 peace conference to counter al-Qaeda in Syria.  Read More »

What Might Be Expected in Monitoring Syria: Lessons from Past Middle East Weapons Inspections

Past attempts to control the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) of rogue regimes in the Middle East have faced problems.  Read More »

Why Did Obama Go to Congress on Syria?

U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike against Syria is the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle between the executive branch and the legislative branch in the U.S. over each side’s powers to decide […]  Read More »

President Obama’s Shift on Syria and Western Strategy

A limited military move will allow the Syrian regime to maneuver, yet will provide fresh impetus to the rebel forces.  Read More »

Assad’s Standing in Syria on the Eve of US Action

There is a fundamental question concerning President Bashar Assad’s decision to launch the devastating chemical attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21, that led to as many as 1,300 fatalities, according to opposition sources.  Read More »

Frustration and Disgust: International Inaction over Syria

After civilians were murdered in Syria with chemical weapons, where is the international community?  Read More »

Syria Keeps Moving in the Islamic Direction

The formation of the Army of Islam in Syria challenges the National Coalition  Read More »

The Chemical Attack in Syria: Implications

The regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad has once again made use of chemical weapons in Syria’s bloody civil war, which has cost over 100,000 lives since it began in March 2011. An aerial bombardment of several communities in the […]  Read More »