Tag Archives: Syria

Who was Ayman al-Zawahri? Where does his death leave al-Qaida and what does it say about US counterterrorism?

Who will replace the man who replaced bin Laden? Visual News/Getty Images Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Andrew Mines, George Washington University, and Daniel Milton, United States Military Academy West Point Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of al-Qaida and a plotter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been killed in a drone strike in the Afghan city of Kabul, according to …

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Helping Ukrainians means listening to their needs – 3 lessons for aid groups from Syria’s war

Millions of Syrians remain displaced from the conflict that began in 2011. Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images Kimberly Howe, Tufts University and Elizabeth Stites, Tufts University The massive flow of international support for Ukraine since Russia first invaded in February 2022 includes billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid from dozens of countries. We hope that the Russia-Ukraine war …

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Islamic State: death of leader is big step towards becoming a different kind of terrorist organisation

Dream of a caliphate as an Islamist homeland is receding. Mohammad Bash via Shutterstock Elisa Orofino, Anglia Ruskin University A “proto-state”, a “socio-political movement, the ”beast“ – all names given to a single group that, at its height, seemed to embody the west’s worst nightmare. You can listen to more articles from The Conversation, narrated by Noa, here. Islamic State …

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Ukraine war: Turkey’s unique role in peace negotiations

Massimo D’Angelo, Loughborough University After more than a month of fighting, a fresh round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine has begun in Istanbul in the hope that progress can be made. Following weeks of fruitless talks in Belarus, negotiations were hosted by the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who made a short opening statement telling both sides: “The world …

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Islamic State leader killed in US raid – where does this leave the terrorist group?

The rubble after the raid on Islamic State group leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Amira Jadoon, United States Military Academy West Point, and Andrew Mines, George Washington University An overnight raid conducted by U.S. special forces in Syria has resulted in the death of the leader of the terrorist Islamic State …

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Partitioning Syria is not the answer – it’s a mistake we’ve made before

It is hard to imagine what a partitioned Syria would look like. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki Anthony Billingsley, UNSW Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently raised, as part of a political solution to Syria’s ongoing violence, the possibility of partition. In doing so, he joined a significant body of opinion – especially among US neoconservatives – that promote the idea. Partitioning has …

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Why there is no Kurdish nation

Flag of Kurdistan on military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.com John Broich, Case Western Reserve University Since U.S. troops left their region, roughly 180,000 Kurds of northeastern Syria have been displaced, and over 200 have been killed. Those Kurds, soldiers who’d battled the Islamic State and families, had hoped to secure a future Kurdistan state in areas now targeted by Turkish warplanes …

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