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Aymenn J Al-Tamimi

Al-Tamimi, Aymenn. “Labawat al-Jabal. A Druze Female Militia in Suwayda’ Province.” Syria Comment. October 14, 2016.

Al-Tamimi, Aymenn. “Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidain: Building a ‘Resistance’ in Eastern Syria.” Syria Comment. September 18, 2016.

Aaron Zelin

Zelin, Aaron. “The Islamic State’s Views on Homosexuality.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. June 14, 2016.

Zelin, Aaron. “The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. January 2016.

Aron Lund

Lund, Aron. “A Voice From the Shadows.” Carnegie Middle East Center. November 25, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “Constructively Ambiguous.” Carnegie Middle East Center. October 17, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “A Secondary Thought.” Carnegie Middle East Center. October 14, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “The Slow, Violent Fall of Eastern Aleppo.” The Century Foundation. October 7, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “The UN Enters Syria’s Moral Labyrinth.” The Century Foundation. September 9, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “Will Darayya Normalize the Expulsion of Civilians.” Carnegie Middle East Center.  September 7, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “Another Change of Fortune in Aleppo.” Carnegie Middle East Center. September 5, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “After Murky Diplomacy, Turkey Intervenes in Syria.” Carnegie Middle East Center. August 24, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “Bombers Over Hasakah: Assad Clashes With the Kurds.” Carnegie Middle East. August 22, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “Manbij: A Dress Rehearsal for Raqqa.” Carnegie Middle East. August 10, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “Why Islamic State Is Losing, and Why It Still Hopes to Win.” The Century Foundation. June 17, 2016.

Lund, Aron. “The Merits of Minimalism in Syria’s Peace Process.” Carnegie Middle East Center. October 7, 2016.

Bill Roggio

Roggio, Bill and Caleb Weiss. “Hezbollah Brigades hurries troops to Mosul fight.” The Long War Journal. October 28, 2016.

Roggio, Bill. “US airstrikes kill 8 al Qaeda operatives in central Yemen.” The Long War Journal. October 22, 2016.

Roggio, Bill. “A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive.” The Long War Journal. October 18, 2016.

Roggio, Bill. “2 AQAP leaders reported killed in the latest US strikes in Yemen.” The Long War Journal. September 28, 2016.

Roggio, Bill. “US military kills Islamic State’s ‘Minister of Information.'” The Long War Journal. September 16, 2016.

Charles Lister

Lister, Charles. “Monday Briefing: Regime Advances in Aleppo.” The Middle East Institute. November 28, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “The Free Syrian Army: A decentralized insurgent brand.” Brookings. November, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “Trump’s Syria Strategy Would Be A Disaster.” Foreign Policy. November 17, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “#Syria’s opposition continue fighting Jund al-Aqsa.” Facebook. October 9, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “A Plan for Winding Down the Syrian Civil War: Surge, Freeze, and Enforce.” War on the Rocks. September 30, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “Russia Pummels Aleppo.” The Middle East Institute. September 26, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “A senior Ahrar al-Sham official gives a very revealing interview.” Facebook. September 21, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “Obama’s Syria Strategy Is the Definition of Insanity.” Foreign Policy. September 21, 2016. insanity/utm_content=buffer96ad5&utm_medium=social&

Lister, Charles.”The Dawn of Mass Jihad: Success in Syria fuels Al-Qa’ida’s Evolution.” Combating Terrorism Center. September 7, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “Bolstering opposition groups could be key to war on terror.” The New York Post. June 30, 2016.

Lister, Charles. “Al Qaeda Is About to Establish an Emirate in Northern Syria.” Foreign Policy. May 4, 2016.

Charlie Winter

Winter, Charlie. “How ISIS is Spinning the Mosul Battle.” The Atlantic. October 20, 2016.

Winter, Charlie. “How ISIS Weaponized the Media After Orlando.” The Atlantic. June 17, 2016.

Bloom, Mia and Charlie Winter. “Depictions of Children and Youth in the Islamic State’s Martyrdom Propaganda, 2015-2016.” Combating Terrorism Center. February 18, 2016.

Winter, Charlie. “Women in the Islamic State.” Quilliam. February 2015.

Clint Watts

Cole Bunzel 

Bunzel, Cole. “Jabhat al-Nusra’s Rebranding in the Eyes of the Islamic State.” Jihadica. September 22, 2016.

Dana Hadra

Hadra, Dana. “What tech companies can do to counter violent extremism.” Brookings. September 13, 2016.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed. “Underestimating al Qaeda.” The Cipher Brief. October 13, 2016.

Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed and Thomas Joscelyn. “Rebranding Terror: Nusra’s Rebranding is Part of Al-Qaeda’s Plan.” Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. August 28, 2016.

Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed. “Operation Hemorrahge: The Terror Plans to Wreck the West’s Economy.” The Daily Beast. March 24, 2016.

Denise Natali

Natali, Denise. “Turkey’s Kurdish Red Line in Syria and the Fight Against Isil.” War on the Rocks. September 14, 2016.

Fabrice Balanche

Balanche, Fabrice. “Status of the Syrian Rebellion, Numbers, Ideologies, and Prospects.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. November 22, 2016.

Balanche, Fabrice. “Who Will Take al-Bab?.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. October 5, 2016.

Balanche, Fabrice. “What Will Year Two of Russia’s Syria Intervention Bring.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. September 16, 2016.

Balanche, Fabrice. “Rojava’s Sustainability and the PKK’s Regional Strategy.” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. August 24, 2016.

Genevieve Casagrande

Casagrande, Genevieve. “The Road to ar-Raqqah: Background on the Syrian Democratic Forces.” Institute for the Study of War. November 22, 2016.

Hassan Hassan

Hassan, Hassan. “Shia militia law adds to the challenges in Iraq.” The National. November 27, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “Local resistance is the way to stop ISIL impetus.” The National. November 20, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “Al Baghdadi’s speech sets a trap for the US.” The National. November 6, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “The battle for Mosul is a struggle for Iraq itself.” The National. October 16, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “As rebel factions fracture, hardliners seek to prosper.” The National. October 10, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “A Breakthrough for Russia and the Regime in Syria.” The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. October 7, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “The US focus on JFS ignores the real battleground.” The National. September 25, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “Is Islamic State finished?” Interview by Helena Merriman. BBC. 

Hassan, Hassan. “America’s errors are aiding former Al Qaeda group.” The National. September 18, 2016.

Hassan, Hassan. “The Imperfect world of the new deal on Syria.” The National. September 11, 2016.

Jenan Moussa

Jennifer Cafarella

Cafarella, Jennifer et al. “Warning Update: Al-Qaeda’s Global Attack Campaign.” The Institute for the Study of War. November 6, 2016.

Cafarella, Jennifer et al. “Al Qaeda is Gaining Strength in Syria.” The Institute for the Study of War. September 1, 2016.–AUG%202016.pdf

Cafarella, Jennifer and Katherine Zimmerman. “Avoiding al Qaeda’s Syria Trap: Jabhat al Nusra’s Rebranding.” The Institute for the Study of War. July 28, 2016.

JM Berger

Berger, JM. “Nazis vs. ISIS on Twitter: A Comparative Study of White Nationalist and ISIS Online Social Media Networks.” George Washington Program on Extremism. September 2016.

Berger, JM. “The Social Apocalypse: A Forecast.” Intelwire. August 31, 2016.

Berger, JM and Heather Perez. “The Islamic State’s Diminishing Returns on Twitter: How suspensions are limiting the social networks of English-speaking ISIS supporters.” George Washington Program on Extremism. February, 2016.

Berger, JM. “Tailored Online Interventions: The Islamic States’s Recruitment Strategy.” Combating Terrorism Center. October 23, 2015.

Berger, JM and Jonathon Morgan. “The ISIS Twitter census. Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter.” Brookings. March 5, 2016.

Joshua Landis

Kyle Orton

Orton, Kyle. “What can we expect after the fall of Aleppo?” TRTWorld. November 29, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Analysis: ‘Trump Might Continue Obama’s Dangerous Syria Policy.'” Henry Jackson Society. November 24, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Analysis: ‘Turkey Continues to Protest the Coalition’s Syrian Kurdish Allies.'” Henry Jackson Society. November 22, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Analysis: ‘An Ideological Founder of Islamic State is Killed in Syria.'” Henry Jackson Society. November 20, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Analysis: ‘Coalition Allies Play Into Islamic State’s Hands.'” Henry Jackson Society. November 14, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Analysis: ‘America Escalates the War Against Al-Qaeda in Syria.” Henry Jackson Society. November 11, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Russia Moves in For the Kill in Syria.” Henry Jackson Society. October 22, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “The Orton Report: ‘Martyr for the Cause.'” Henry Jackson Society. October 20, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Al-Qaeda in Syria and American Policy.” The Syrian Intifada. October 4, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “The Islamic State and Chemical Weapons.” The Syrian Intifada. September 30, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Abandoning Syria to Assad Helps Al-Qaeda.” The Syrian Intifada. September 23, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Syria’s Flawed Ceasefire Comes Crashing Down.” The Syrian Intifada. September 21, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Moscow Rules in Syria, Again.” The Syrian Intifada. September 11, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Fifteen Years After 9/11.” The Syrian Intifada. September 11, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Provocation and the Islamic State: Why Assad Strengthened the Jihadists.” The Syrian Intifada. September 3, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Obituary: Taha Falaha (Abu Muhammad al-Adnani).” The Syrian Intifada. August 31, 2016.

Orton, Kyle. “Is the Islamic State About to Kill Itself?” The Syrian Intifada. June 7, 2016.

Malcom Nance

Mia Bloom

Bloom, Mia. “Constructing Expertise: Terrorist Recruitment and ‘Talent Spotting’ in the Pira, Al-Qaeda and ISIS.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Volume 0, Issue 0. (2016).

Bloom, Mia. “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Foreign Affairs. July 21, 2015.

Bloom, Mia and Charlie Winter. “Depictions of Children and Youth in the Islamic State’s Martyrdom Propaganda, 2015-2016.” Combating Terrorism Center. February 18, 2016.

Michael Knights 

Knights, Michael. “Shiite Militias Are Crashing the Mosul Offensive.” Foreign Policy. November 18, 2016.

Knights, Michael. “The Liberation of Mosul Will Go Better Than You Think.” Washington Institute for Near East Policy. October 17, 2016.

Nancy Youssef 

Youssef, Nancy. “U.S. Pushes Up Plan to Attack ISIS Capital to Stop Attacks in the West.” The Daily Beast. October 26, 20166.

Youssef, Nancy. “U.S. May Have Killed Prisoners, Not Troops, in Syria Strike.” The Daily Beast. September 19, 2016.

Phillip Smyth

Smyth, Phillip. “Beware of Muqtada al-Sadr.” Washington Institute for Near East Policy. October 19, 2016.

Smyth, Phillip. “The Shiite Jihad in Syria and Its Regional Effects.” Washington Institute for Near East Policy. February 2016.

Raphael Lefevre

Lefevre, Raphael. “No More ‘Hama Rules.'” Carnegie Middle East Center. September 19, 2016.

Rasha al Aqeedi

Al Aqeeda, Rasha. “The Once and Future Mosul.” The American Interest. September 26, 2016.

Sam Heller

Heller, Sam. “Keeping the Lights On in Rebel Idlib.” The Century Foundation. November 29, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “Assad Will Talk, But He Won’t Negotiate.” Foreign Policy. November 22, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “What It’s Like to Meet Assad in Damascus.” The Century Foundation. November 7, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “Failed Ceasefire Bonds Syrian Rebels and U.S. Government.” The Century Foundation. September 29, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “Syria’s Rebels Lose a Symbolic Stronghold.” The Century Foundation. September 1, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “In Syrian Proxy War, America Can Keep Its Hands Clean or It Can Get Things Done.” The Century Foundation. August 17, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “Al Qaeda Quits Syria in Name Only.” The Century Foundation. July 29, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “Are Syria’s Rebels at Al-Qaeda’s Mercy?” The Century Foundation. July 26, 2016.

Heller, Sam. “Suppose America Gave a Proxy War in Syria and Nobody Came?” The Century Foundation. July 7, 2016.

Thanassis Cambanis

Cambanis, Thanassis. “Are We All Interventionists Now?” War on the Rocks. October 14, 2016.

Thomas Hegghammer

Thomas Joscelyn

Joscelyn, Thomas. “Islamic State continues to plot against the West, US military warns.” The Long War Journal. October 26, 2016.

Joscelyn, Thomas. “US has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya.” The Long War Journal. October 21, 2016.

Joscelyn, Thomas. “Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces.” The Long War Journal. October 17, 2016.

Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed and Thomas Joscelyn. “Rebranding Terror: Nusra’s Rebranding is Part of Al-Qaeda’s Plan.” Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. August 28, 2016.

Thomas Badran

Badran, Thomas. “Obama’s Syria Policy Striptease.” Tablet. September 21, 2016.

Will McCants

McCants, William. “Apocalypse delayed.” Brookings. October 17, 2016.

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