Saraya Qasioun (‘Squadrons of Qasioun’- referring to Mt. Qasioun) is an insurgent group operating in the Damascus area that has occasionally claimed at…
Iraq has parliamentary elections on 10 October. Unsurprisingly, the Islamic State’s editorial line this week in al-Naba’ (issue 307) focuses on those e…
Not all Jewish experiences under Christian rule in medieval Europe were uniformly negative. The reality was that the experiences varied according to ti…
The Jordanian-born Sami al-Oraidi was previously a leading figure in the al-Qa’ida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and then broke off from the successor gro…
Recently, Abu Himam al-Shami, who along with Sami al-Oraidi is a leader of Syria’s al-Qa’ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din, has issued statements critic…
The Islamic State has issued via its ‘Amaq News Agency’ initial claims of multiple improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against the Taliban in ‘Ja…
By now, the conflict between the al-Qa’ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in northwest Syria is well known. The latter, which b…
This week’s issue of the Islamic State’s al-Naba’ newsletter features a ‘story of a martyr.’ The subject of this article is a man called Abu Omar al-Kh…
Omar Omsen, who led the French muhajireen (foreign fighter) group ‘Firqatul Ghuraba’ operating in northwest Syria, was arrested by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sha…
Has the Taliban of today changed at all from the Taliban that ruled most of Afghanistan in the period of 1996-2001? What is the extent of ideological d…
Officially, Libya’s main warring sides (namely, the ‘Government of National Accord’ based out of Tripoli in western Libya, and Khalifa Haftar’s ‘Libyan…
In the study of extremist movements in the present, it is always helpful to bear in mind comparisons with those of the past. One of my colleagues- Char…