New video message Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām: “Distribution of Zakāt Shares to the Beneficiaries In the Town of Tal al-Karāmah In the Northern Idlib Countryside”

New video message Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām: “Distribution of Zakāt Shares to the Beneficiaries In the City of Idlib”

Check out my new ‘Policy Watch’ with Oula Alrifai for the Washington Institute: “Syria’s Three Governments Confront the Coronavirus”

On March 22, Syrian health minister Nizar Yazigi finally acknowledged the country’s first official case of coronavirus on state television, weeks after rumors of the pandemic’s arrival there began circulating on social media. Although the patient’s country of origin was not disclosed, many Syrians already feared that the heavy Iranian and foreign Shia militia presence on their soil could pose a major public health threat given the Islamic Republic’s well-documented role in spreading the disease. As the crisis grows, each of the three administrations that control different parts of the country will be hard pressed to avoid humanitarian disasters given their lack of resources and other major challenges—especially in the tiny, overcrowded Idlib border zone, which now holds hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) with largely inadequate shelter.

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New video message from The Islamic State: “Epic Battles of Attrition #2 – Wilāyat Ḥimṣ”

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New video message from Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām’s Shaykh Yaḥyā Bin Ṭāhar al-Firghālī: “The Road to the Caliphate: History of the Jihādist Movements from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Shāmī Jihād, The Fifth Generation, Episode #4″

For prior parts in this video series see the fifth generation here: #3, #2, and #1; forth generation here: #6#5#4#3#2 and #1; third generation here: #5#4#3#2 and #1; the second generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1; and the first generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1.

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New video message from Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām’s Shaykh Yaḥyā Bin Ṭāhar al-Firghālī: “The Road to the Caliphate: History of the Jihādist Movements from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Shāmī Jihād, The Fifth Generation, Episode #3″

For prior parts in this video series see the fifth generation here: #2 and #1; forth generation here: #6#5#4#3#2 and #1; third generation here: #5#4#3#2 and #1; the second generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1; and the first generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1.

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New issue of Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām’s newsletter: “Ibā’ #92″

For prior issues see: #91, #90#89#88#87#86#85#84#83#82#81#80#79#78#77#76#75#74#73#72#71#70#69#68#67#66#65#64#63#62#61#60#59#58#57#56#55#54#53#52#51#50#49#48#47#46#45#44#43#42#41#40#39#38#37#36#35#34#33#32#31#30#29#28#27#26#25#24#23#22#21#20#19#18#17#16#15#14#13#12#11#10#9#8#7#6#5#4#3#2#1, and #0.

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām — Ibā’ Newsletter #92

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New video message from Hay’at Taḥrīr al-Shām’s Shaykh Yaḥyā Bin Ṭāhar al-Firghālī: “The Road to the Caliphate: History of the Jihādist Movements from the Muslim Brotherhood to the Shāmī Jihād, The Fifth Generation, Episode #2″

For prior parts in this video series see the fifth generation here: #1; forth generation here: #6#5#4#3#2 and #1; third generation here: #5#4#3#2 and #1; the second generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1; and the first generation here: #6#5#4#3#2, and #1.

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Check out my new ‘Policy Watch’ for the Washington Institute: “A Year Since Baghuz, the Islamic State Is Neither Defeated nor Resurging (Yet)”

A lot has happened for the Islamic State since it lost its last sliver of territory in Baghuz, Syria, a year ago this week. Most notable was the death of its first self-declared caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S. Special Forces raid in Barisha, Syria, last October. IS subsequently announced his successor as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, and thus far, there have been no signs of any disruption in its activities as a result of this transition. Indeed, despite the U.S. government’s boisterous pronouncements that IS was defeated after the fall of Baghuz, the organization remains active.

Yet it is also too early to state that IS has rebounded. Rather, it is surviving and waiting for the right moments to take advantage—and not necessarily in the same manner it did in 2004-2006 (when it first became relevant) or 2012-2014 (when it resurfaced after major defeats in Iraq). Even so, many of the underlying sectarian and governance dynamics that led to its reemergence eight years ago persist in both Iraq and Syria.

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