Tag Archives: ISIL

Policy Brief no. 81: Russia is strongly boosting its military presence in Syria


Some U.S. intelligence analysts say that “Russia is preparing to insert combat aircraft into Syria”, possibly in order to launch airstrikes against the radical groups fighting against the Assad regime (which is an important regional ally of the Kremlin). We already know, the same open source is reporting, that “in a development that caught U.S. […]

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News Alert No.85: The U.S. is trying to eliminate ISIL leaders


The British Telegraph reported (quoting an AFP piece of news), on November 9, Iraq is investigating “whether Islamic State (ISIL) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group’s leaders”. The same newspaper say “the death of the elusive Baghdadi would be a major victory for the coalition […]

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News Alert No.82: Iraq: Expansion of the U.S. military mission. Obama authorizes the deployment of 1500 additional troops


On November 7, Barrack Obama has approved the deployment of additional U.S. non-combat personnel to Iraq. According to a statement given by the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, “up to 1,500” troops are to be deployed “over the coming months, in a non-combat role”, in order to “expand [the U.S.] advise and assist […]

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News Alert No.77: Islamic State (ISIL) recaptures major gas field in Syria


Local sources in Syria say Islamic State (ISIL) forces managed to recapture the rich Sha’ar (or Shaar, or Shaer) gas field not far away from Homs, Reuters reports on October 29. ISIL forces “seized the Sha’ar gas field in July, killing some 350 government troops, allied militiamen, guards and staff, according to the Britain-based Syrian […]

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Policy Brief No.55: Islamic State propaganda – risks and implications


According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal on October 24, by former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joseph Lieberman and Christian Beckner, the deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at the George Washington University, the Obama administration has no strategy in place to counter the sophisticated online propaganda ISIS is directing […]

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