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Syria Demo

In this video, Joseph Holliday presents his methodology to identify and track rebel groups in Syria. Using international media, YouTube videos, and Facebook pages, he verifies and describes rebel activity and assigns responsibility to named rebel groups.


ISW is pleased to announce the publication of a comprehensive account of the war in Iraq by Michael R. Gordon, former Senior Fellow at ISW and Chief Military Correspondent at The New York Times.

New Report

This report examines the presence of jihadist groups in Syria, explains where Syrian rebel groups and foreign elements fall along the spectrum of religious ideology, and considers their effect on the Islamification of the Syrian opposition.