The self-proclaimed Islamic State’s takeover of the Yarmouk refugee camp is good for Bashar al-Assad.
There are signs of internal dissension within the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But even if it is in partial retreat, it is a likely threat in the Middle East—and to Western interests—for years to come.
While the fall of Idlib is a clear loss for the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the takeover of Yarmouk by the self-proclaimed Islamic State is a regime-blessed tactic, if not necessarily a successful one.
Nusra aims to strengthen its footprint and widen its influence in the northern Syria and present itself as the primary force fighting the Assad regime on the ground.
The idea that Sisi will be an effective ally against Islamic terrorists is misguided. He has, in fact, become one of the jihadists’ most effective recruiting tools.
No clear timeline exists for the strikes on Yemen and the Houthis do not seem willing to leave Aden. These two facts portend a civil war that may last for decades.
The dramatic turn of events in Yemen with “Operation Decisive Storm” is more than a battle against the Houthis. It is about the Saudi comeback in regional politics in the Middle East.
The fighting in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis inside the country.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State has borrowed almost all of their methods of control from Saddam-era tactics.
The solution to Iraq’s woes must involve strong political leadership.