Category Jihad

A different type of Islamic fighter coming to Syria from Iraq

Sayyid Zainab Mosque, Damascus (Credit:HappyTellus.com)  There has been much media attention on the numbers of Jihadi fighters coming from Iraq to participate in the Syrian uprising (see my piece here). Indeed no one can now argue that elements of the Syrian rebels have been helped by these experienced fighters. These fighters, mainly connected to the Sunni […]

Jihadists: Gaining Ground in Syria

Many articles have been recently written on the increasing number of fighters waging active Jihad in Syria, especially those associated with the groups Jabhat al Nusra and Kataib Ahrar al Sham (One of which is the excellent Time article).  No one can argue the effect of these groups have had on the unrest. Ever since the first car bombings […]

It’s Syria We Should Be Worried About, Not Iran.

Forget Iraq when talking about Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), forget Libya too when talking about sophisticated weaponry, and even forget Iran’s rhetoric of bombing Israel with a nuclear bomb when talking about the threat to peace in the Middle East. It is in-fact Syria that poses the threat by having the fourth largest stockpile of […]

The Free Syrian Army, Learning from the Jihadi’s?

A BBC Article today noted that the violence in Syria “appears to have escalated” due to the evolving tactics of Syrian rebels. While this is true, what was missed in the report was that the escalation in violence has been occurring for some time now and helped by the numerous Syrian and foreign Jihadi groups […]