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Title Publication Date
It's Time for Realism in Syria, President-elect Donald Trump The Hill December 23, 2016
Saraya Al-Tawheed: A Pro-Assad Druze Militia in Lebanon and Syria Syria Comment December 5, 2016
Governance in Islamic State Provinces Beyond Iraq and Syria The Washington Institute for Near East Policy November 2016
Kata'ib Humat al-Diyar: A Prominent Loyalist Militia in Suwayda' Syria Comment November 26, 2016
New Dar al-Qada Decree to 'Newly Muslim' Ex-Druze of Jabal al-Summaq Atlantic Council November 14, 2016
Dissent in the Islamic State: Abu al-Faruq al-Masri's 'Message on the Manhaj' Combating Terrorism Center (West Point) October 31, 2016
Stories of the Mujahideen: Women of the Islamic State Jihadology October 17, 2016
Labawat al-Jabal: A Female Syrian Druze Militia Syria Comment October 14, 2016
Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidain: Building a 'Resistance' in Eastern Syria Syria Comment September 18, 2016
Liwa Sayf al-Haq Assad Allah al-Ghalib: A Republican Guard Militia in Sayyida Zainab Syria Comment September 16, 2016
Quwat Dir' Al-Amn Al-Askari: A Latakia Military Intelligence Militia Syria Comment September 3, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq August 1–August 31, 2016
Fawj Maghawir al-Badiya: A Syrian Military Intelligence Branch Militia Syria Comment August 30, 2016
'Stories of the Mujahideen': Unseen Islamic State Biographies Jihadology August 24, 2016
Al-Qa'ida Uncoupling: Jabhat al-Nusra's Rebranding as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham CTC Sentinel August 22, 2016
Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara' Syria Comment August 15, 2016
Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi'i Militia Syria Comment August 6, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq June 1–July 31, 2016
Liwa al-Imam al-Mahdi: A Syrian Hezbollah Formation Syria Comment July 23, 2016
Kata'ib al-Jabalawi: A Pro-Assad Militia from Homs Syria Comment July 19, 2016
Quwat al-Ghadab: A Pro-Assad Christian Militia in Suqaylabiyah Syria Comment July 3, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq April 1–May 31, 2016
The 'Martyrs' of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja'afari Force) Syria Comment May 29, 2016
The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo Syria Comment May 23, 2016
The Leopards of Homs: A Pro-Assad Militia Syria Comment May 15, 2016
The Jihadi Threat on Israel's Northern Border Middle East Review of International Affairs May 15, 2016
Liwa al-Jalil: A New Pro-Assad Palestinian Militia Syria Comment May 6, 2016
A Caliphate Under Strain: The Documentary Evidence CTC Sentinel April 22, 2016
Unseen Islamic State Military Commanders Manual: Qualities and Manners of the Mujahid Commander Jihadology April 11, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq March 1–March 31, 2016
Loss of Palmyra Reveals Islamic State Weakness The Daily Beast March 28, 2016
The Fitna in Deraa and the Islamic State Angle Jihadology March 26, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq February 1–February 29, 2016
Harakat al-Hawiya al-Arabiya al-Druziya: Defending Druze Identity in Suwayda' Syria Comment March 6, 2016
The Dir' al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi Syria Comment February 26, 2016
Liwa Dir' al-Watan: A New Pro-Assad Militia in Damascus Syria Comment February 24, 2016
Liwa Usud al-Hussein: A New Pro-Assad Militia in Latakia Syria Comment February 19, 2016
The Life of al-Khal: First Leader of Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk Syria Comment February 14, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq January 1–January 31, 2016
Is ISIS Good at Governing? The Brookings Institution February 3, 2016
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq November 1–December 31, 2015
The Syrian National Resistance: Liwa Khaybar Syria Comment January 3, 2016
Quwat al-Jalil: A Pro-Assad Palestinian Syrian Militia Syria Comment December 23, 2015
'Until Our Hearts Submit To The Shari'a': Da'wa Pamphlet from Jabhat al-Nusra Jihadology December 21, 2015
Syrian Insurgent Factions of North Latakia Syria Comment December 10, 2015
Principles in the Administration of the Islamic State: Full Text and Translation The Guardian December 7, 2015
The Paris Attacks Reflect Intelligence Failure, Not Change in ISIS Strategy The Huffington Post November 20, 2015
Is Assad's Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Paying Off? Syria Deeply November 11, 2015
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq October 1–October 31, 2015
New Mobilization Calls By the Islamic State in Aleppo Province Jihadology October 30, 2015
Rijal al-Karama after Sheikh Abu Fahad Waheed al-Bal'ous' Assassination Syria Comment October 26, 2015
Talking to the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade Syria Deeply October 13, 2015
Unseen Documents from the Islamic State's Diwan al-Rikaz Jihadology October 12, 2015
Unseen Islamic State Financial Accounts for Deir az-Zor Province Jihadology October 5, 2015
Al Nusra Atrocities against Syrian Druze Belie Its Rebranding Foreign Affairs October 5, 2015
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq various publications September 1–September 30, 2015
Unseen Islamic State Fatwas on Jihad and Sabaya Jihadology September 25, 2015
Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk: History and Analysis Syria Comment September 18, 2015
Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa: History, Analysis & Interview Syria Comment September 14, 2015
The Assassination of Sheikh Abu Fahad al-Bal'ous: Context and Analysis Syria Comment September 5, 2015
Overview of Some Pro-Assad Militias Syria Comment September 1, 2015
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq various publications August 1-August 31, 2015
Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq various publications July 1-July 31, 2015
Critical Analysis of the Islamic State's Health Department Jihadology August 27, 2015
Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi'a of Damascus Syria Comment August 12, 2015
America Should Aim to Contain, not Destroy, ISIS The Huffington Post August 12, 2015
The New Druze Militia Factions of Suwayda Province Syria Comment August 8, 2015
The Evolution in Islamic State Administration: The Documentary Evidence Perspectives on Terrorism August 5, 2015
The Coastal Shield Brigade: A New Pro-Assad Militia Syria Comment July 23, 2015
The Islamic State Caliphate Turns One The Huffington Post July 1, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications June 1-June 30, 2015
Islamic State: The Myth of a Baathist 'Hidden Hand' IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Monitor June 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications April 1-May 15, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications March 16-31, 2015
Is ISIS Islamic? Jihadology April 3, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications February 16 - March 15, 2015
The Return of Iraqi Shi'i Militias to Syria The Middle East Institute March 16, 2015
The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy's True Cost The Daily Beast March 2, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications February 1-15, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications January 15-31, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications January 1-15, 2015
Who's to Blame in Iraq? Part II: The Sunni Side Foreign Policy January 8, 2015
Who's to Blame in Iraq? Part I: The Shi'a Side Foreign Policy January 7, 2015
Research on the Islamic State various publications December 16-31, 2014
Research on the Islamic State various publications November 16 - December 15, 2014
Iran and the Shia Militias Advance in Iraq The Tower December 2014
Research on the Islamic State various publications November 1-15, 2014
Can Islamic State Survive without Baghdadi? BBC November 10, 2014
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's Message as Caliph Gatestone Institute July 2, 2014
Iraq Needs Unity, Not Partition The Daily Beast June 27, 2014
Syria's ISIS Crucifying Opponents, Justifying Horror with Quran Passages PJ Media May 27, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham's dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province Syria Comment February 26, 2014
Anatomy of militant groups reveals Iraq's different challenges The National (UAE) February 12, 2014
The Assad Regime and Jihadis: Collaborators and Allies? Syria Comment February 11, 2014
ISIS and al-Qaeda compete for supremacy in global jihad Al-Monitor February 11, 2014
The Dawn of the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham Current Trends in Islamist Ideology January 27, 2014
Comprehensive Reference Guide to Sunni Militant Groups in Iraq Jihadology January 23, 2014
Iraq: Has Brotherhood Hijacked Protests? Islamist Gate January 18, 2014
The Arab Nationalist Guard: A Pro-Assad Militia Brown Moses December 31, 2013
The Syrian rebel groups pulling in foreign fighters BBC December 24, 2013
Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria Syria Comment December 22, 2013
The Factions of Abu Kamal Brown Moses December 18, 2013
Muhajireen Battalions in Syria Jihadology December 13, 2013
The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham MERIA December 11, 2013
The Druze Militias of Southern Syria Syria Comment November 13, 2013
Reza Aslan: Authority on Islam and the Middle East? FrontPageMagazine.com October 11, 2013
Moroccan Ex-Guantánamo Detainees Fighting in Syria's Civil War Jihadology September 18, 2013
Bay'ah to Baghdadi: Foreign [Ideological] Support for Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham Jihadology August 22, 2013
Pessimism clouds any survey of Islamist protests in Iraq The National (UAE) August 19, 2013
Iraq offers little historical precedent in the Syrian crisis The National (UAE) August 13, 2013
Al-Qaeda Expands into Northern Syria Syria Comment July 18, 2013
Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin: Between Israel and Hamas Jihadology May 6, 2013
Behind the Iraq Protests The American Spectator April 18, 2013
Turkey, Iraq, and Oil The American Spectator April 5, 2013
Jihad in Syria, Part II Syria Comment March 25, 2013
Jihad in Syria Syria Comment March 20, 2013
Sunni Reachout to the Shia Crescent The American Spectator March 7, 2013
Politics undermine Iraq's judiciary The Daily Star (Beirut) February 26, 2013
'Was the Iraq war worth it?' is a question unworthy of debate The Independent February 11, 2013
The U.S. versus the 'Shi'ite Crescent'? The Jerusalem Post February 5, 2013
Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War The American Spectator January 24, 2013
Is an Alawite state Assad's Plan B? The Independent January 7, 2013
Iraq: Playing the Sectarian Crisis Card The American Spectator January 2, 2013
What Happened in Aqrab, Syria? The Jerusalem Post December 27, 2012
Iraq: One Year After Withdrawal The American Spectator December 18, 2012
Analyzing Egypt The American Spectator December 13, 2012
Syria's Assyrians, caught in the middle The Daily Star (Beirut) December 7, 2012
A Hamas Divided The American Spectator November 19, 2012
Syria: Spillover into Iraq? The Jerusalem Post November 18, 2012
Violence in Iraq GLORIA Fall 2012
Kurdish Rivalries in Syria The American Spectator November 8, 2012
Christians in Syria The Henry Jackson Society November 2012
Civil War in Lebanon? The American Spectator October 30, 2012
Looking at Tunisia The American Spectator October 18, 2012
Analyzing Aleppo The American Spectator October 8, 2012
Libya in the Aftermath The American Spectator September 28, 2012
The Syrian Civil War National Review Online September 17, 2012
Libyan Islamists and the security forces: Iraq 2.0? The Jerusalem Post September 5, 2012
Looking at violence in Iraq The Jerusalem Post August 21, 2012
Baghdad on the Nile Ha'aretz August 17, 2012
An Intifada in Fatah's Future The American Spectator August 2, 2012
Syria's Kurds stand alone after rejecting rebels and regime The National (Abu Dhabi) July 23, 2012
Understanding the Situation in Syria The American Spectator July 19, 2012
Rethinking Libya The American Spectator July 12, 2012
Assessing the Maldives Gatestone Institute July 2, 2012
Assessing Iraq's Oil Industry GLORIA July 1, 2012
What to expect from Egypt's Morsi Ha'aretz June 29, 2012
Assad's Houla Propaganda - Part II Al-Ayyam June 25, 2012
No Confidence in Maliki? The American Spectator June 19, 2012
Assad's Houla Propaganda National Review Online June 12, 2012
Moderate Indonesia? The American Spectator June 6, 2012
Iraq: A satellite state of Iran? The Jerusalem Post May 30, 2012
Watching the new state of South Sudan fall into chaos Ha'aretz May 18, 2012
Libya: Assessing Berber Prospects PJ Media April 28, 2012
Nizar Nayouf, al-Haqiqa, and Syrian Christians The American Spectator April 23, 2012
Syrian disinformation about Christian persecution Ha'aretz April 6, 2012
Bashar's Iron Fist Goes Airborne and Thermobaric The American Spectator April 2, 2012
Can my enemy's enemy be my friend? Ha'aretz March 30, 2012
On Massacres and Motivations The American Spectator March 28, 2012
Iraqi Kurdistan Without Blinders The American Spectator March 22, 2012
Look at the big picture on Iraqi deaths The Daily Star (Beirut) February 27, 2012
Bashar's 'Iron Fist' The American Spectator February 21, 2012
Chaos: The new 'status quo' Ha'aretz February 17, 2012
Demography Is Destiny in Syria The American Spectator February 6, 2012
The Dead Man and His Long Shadow The American Spectator January 16, 2012
Identity Among Middle East Christians The American Spectator January 5, 2012
Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan Middle East Quarterly Winter 2012
The Coming Collapse of Yemen The American Spectator December 27, 2011
Assessing the Surge in Iraq MERIA December 22, 2011
The Failure of Secular and Liberal Egyptians The American Spectator December 16, 2011
Iraq's violence is for Iraqis to tackle The Daily Star (Beirut) December 16, 2011
Sunni Realignments The American Spectator December 9, 2011
Overviewing Shi'a-Sunni Conflicts Israel National News December 2, 2011
Avoiding the Islamist Stigma The American Spectator November 29, 2011
Iraqi petroleum and the damage done The Daily Star (Beirut) November 21, 2011
Syria, Turkey and the Kurds Israel National News November 18, 2011
What Does "Moderate" Islamist Mean? The Jerusalem Post November 17, 2011
Military Intervention in the Arab Spring Israel National News November 10, 2011
Libya Heading Towards Islamism The American Spectator November 9, 2011
Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech, and Islam The American Spectator November 7, 2011
With U.S. Troops Leaving, Is Iraq a Democratic Country Now? PJ Media November 2, 2011
Sudan in Crisis The American Spectator November 1, 2011
Setting the Record Straight on the U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq Pajamas Media October 27, 2011
Qatar's Sunni Side The American Spectator October 25, 2011
Explaining Iran's Approach Towards the Middle East The Jerusalem Post October 25, 2011
Preserving Iraq's Assyrians: Federalism Assyrian International News Agency October 24, 2011
Will Nouri al-Maliki Survive His Second Term In Office? The Kurdish Globe October 22, 2011
Assessing Bahrain The American Spectator October 19, 2011
No, Syria won't plunge Iraq into war The Daily Star (Beirut) October 7, 2011
The Arab Spring and the Jews Israel National News October 6, 2011
Pakistan and China: Strengthening Ties The American Spectator October 4, 2011
Security threat from Yemen? The Jerusalem Post October 3, 2011
Kurdish-Christian rivalries The Kurdistan Tribune September 25, 2011
Iraq's politicians hover above the law The Daily Star (Beirut) September 20, 2011
Instability Spreading The American Spectator September 19, 2011
Panetta vs. U.S. Military on Iraq The American Spectator September 13, 2011
Libya Burning The American Spectator September 8, 2011
A Sectarian Issue The American Spectator September 7, 2011
Iraq goes the way of its Gulf neighbors The Daily Star (Beirut) August 26, 2011
A Guide to the Galaxy of Islamic Anti-Semitism Israel National News August 15, 2011
Spring comes, but not for Iraq's Kurds The Daily Star (Beirut) August 12, 2011
Middle Eastern Christians and anti-Semitism The Jerusalem Post August 2, 2011
North Sudan: What next? The Jerusalem Post July 11, 2011
Iraq's Oil Industry Hudson New York October 11, 2010
Juan Cole's Distortions Hudson New York October 4, 2010
Turkey's Future American Thinker September 25, 2010
Nation-Building: A Success in Iraq? Foreign Policy Journal September 15, 2010
The Problem of Honor Killings Foreign Policy Journal September 13, 2010
Focus on Yemen, Not Israel-Palestine Hudson New York September 3, 2010
Iraq and the Middle Eastern Cold War American Thinker August 21, 2010
Oppose the Ground Zero Mosque? American Thinker August 3, 2010

Blog Posts

Title Publication Date
"The Convoy of Light": New nasheed from the Islamic State's Ajnad Media Middle East Forum Blog October 24, 2016
"The Convoy of Light" – New Nasheed from Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog October 24, 2016
Jabhat al-Nusra Statement on Druze of Jabal al-Summaq Middle East Forum Blog September 5, 2016
Islamic State Responds to the Killing of Adnani Middle East Forum Blog August 30, 2016
What Does Jabhat al-Nusra's Break with Al-Qaeda Mean? Middle East Forum Blog July 28, 2016
Observations on the New Islamic State Video 'Structure of the Caliphate' Middle East Forum Blog July 6, 2016
"The Dawla Has Arisen": Nasheed from Ajnad Media Middle East Forum Blog July 3, 2016
The Orlando Attacks: Islamic State Responsible Middle East Forum Blog June 12, 2016
Yarmouk Valley: The Formation of Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed? Middle East Forum Blog May 24, 2016
Defections from Harakat al-Muthanna in Deraa: Translation & Analysis Middle East Forum Blog March 28, 2016
The First Connections Between Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk and Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog March 19, 2016
Recent Local Developments in Azaz Middle East Forum Blog March 17, 2016
Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk Appoints a New Leader Middle East Forum Blog March 14, 2016
Islamic State Treatise on the Syrian Education System: Translation & Analysis Middle East Forum Blog March 12, 2016
Dissent in the Islamic State's Yemen Affiliates: Documents, Translation & Analysis Middle East Forum Blog February 29, 2016
Challenges for the Islamic State: Manpower, Finance, and Information Middle East Forum Blog February 27, 2016
New Mobilization Call from Azaz: Translation & Analysis Middle East Forum Blog February 2, 2016
An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & Islamic State Succession Lines Middle East Forum Blog January 24, 2016
The Islamic State, Turkey & Transportation Middle East Forum Blog January 11, 2016
Translation: Eulogy to Abu Nabil al-Anbari, Islamic State Leader in Libya Middle East Forum Blog January 7, 2016
Unseen Islamic State Pamphlet on Slavery Middle East Forum Blog December 29, 2015
A Complete History of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam – Translation Middle East Forum Blog December 15, 2015
Naming the Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog December 9, 2015
The Islamic State 'Master Plan' of Administration: Some Analytical Notes Middle East Forum Blog December 7, 2015
Hallili Samar al-Hirab: New Nasheed from the Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog November 28, 2015
"Be with God"- New Nasheed from the Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog October 29, 2015
Islam 101 According to the Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog October 27, 2015
Unseen Islamic State Treatise on Calendars Middle East Forum Blog October 17, 2015
Additional Notes on the Druze of Jabal al-Summaq Middle East Forum Blog October 6, 2015
Repentance: Financial Income for the Islamic State Middle East Forum Blog September 28, 2015
Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Eulogy to Abu Ahmad of Mosul: Translation and Analysis Middle East Forum Blog April 15, 2015


Book Title Publication Date
The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria
by Raphael Israeli
Middle East Quarterly Winter 2017
Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate
by Abdel Bari Atwan
Middle East Quarterly Fall 2016
Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
by Robert Spencer
The American Spectator May 25, 2012

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