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Jihad in Syria: The Thin Line between Insurgency and Terrorism

According to the latest IHS Jane’s Intelligence report, moderate and radical jihadist groups are gaining the upper hand among the Syrian rebel groups. The report is  alarming not only because it begs the question of the likelihood that any of … Continue reading

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The Syrian Islamic Front: What Third Way?

The Syrian Islamic Front (SIF) is one of the three major umbrella rebel organizations alongside the secular Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Salafi-jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra. By taking its pride through the promotion of “a third way” amongst the rebels, … Continue reading

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Breaking Party Lines: America’s Polarization over PRISM

According to the latest Pew/Washington Post poll, 56% of the Americans say that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, while a non-negligible minority of 41% finds it … Continue reading

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US Drones in Niger and Counterterrorism Cooperation

This article was written by Thomas Franklin (pseudonym), who is currently serving as a US Navy officer. This article does not represent the views of the United States Navy or of the US Government. In February the United States elaborated on … Continue reading

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Boko Haram: the Next Global Jihadists?

Yet another attack was perpetrated on Sunday against a church in the Nigerian city of Jos by the group Boko Haram. In November last year, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee had issued a report stating that this Muslim sect, … Continue reading

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The return of the Troubles?

“After a 30-year winter of sectarian violence, Northern Ireland today has the promise of a springtime of peace.” It is with these words of hope that the former US President Bill Clinton commented the signing of the Belfast Agreement on … Continue reading

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