Middle East Security Project

Hezbollah in Syria

Hezbollah’s deepening involvement in Syria is one of the most important factors of the conflict in 2013 and 2014. The impact of Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria has been felt not just on the battlefield, where the regime now has momentum in many areas, but also in Lebanon where growing sectarian tensions have undermined security and stability.

Why Rebel Groups Fighting Each Other Are Still Fighting Together Near Qamishli

Source: 
Syria Deeply
Date Published: 
2014-02-10 00:00:00

ISW Syria Analyst Valerie Szybala talks with Syria Deeply about why Syrian rebel groups are working together in some areas of the country while not in others.

The Campaign for Homs and Aleppo

The influx of military support to both sides of the conflict precludes a decisive military victory for either regime or rebels and ensures the protraction of the war. A protracted fight, the end of which cannot be negotiated, is on hand.

Assad Strikes Damascus

Damascus is the Syrian regime’s center of gravity. The capital of Syria has long been viewed by the rebel forces as the key to winning the war in Syria, and its loss is unthinkable for Bashar al-Assad. Thus the struggle for Damascus is existential for the regime as well as the opposition.

Opinion: Fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq is in U.S. interests

Source: 
The Washington Post
Date Published: 
2014-01-10 00:00:00

ISW Senior Fellow LTG James Dubik offers his opinion on how the U.S. can help Iraq in its fight against Al-Qaeda in this weekend's Washington Post.

Black Flags Over Fallujah: The Comeback of al-Qaeda in Iraq

Source: 
The Weekly Standard
Date Published: 
2014-01-10 00:00:00

The resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is a clear threat to Maliki’s government and the Iraqi people, and its leadership of foreign fighters in Syria is also a threat to the United States.

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