Talking Policy: Fawaz Gerges on the “Islamic State”

Fawaz Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, recently published ISIS: A History, a book that analyzes and contextualizes the Islamic State’s rise to power. Gerges argues that decades of sectarian violence have strengthened today’s global jihadi movement. In order to curb it, the Islamic State must be militarily defeated; …

Syrie: un nouveau tournant dans le conflit

DECRYPTAGE – En se retirant de Syrie, la Russie renforce la position de l’Iran, élément essentiel de la survie de Bachar el-Assad, qui joue un rôle central dans les crises de la région. En septembre 2015, l’intervention militaire russe avait bouleversé les équilibres stratégiques en Syrie et profondément changé la donne de cette guerre qui dure …

Terrorist crimes have nothing to do with Islam: Khamenei

THE LEVANT NEWS– Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the atrocities committed by Takfiri terrorists have nothing to do with Islam. The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday. Ayatollah Khamenei said the terrorist groups’ savage crimes, such as beheading and torching people, …

US reporter Jason Rezaian ‘sentenced’ in Iran over spying

THE LEVANT NEWS–THE Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term in Iran, the country’s judiciary has said. The sentence follows his conviction last month on charges that include espionage. Officials did not give details about the sentence but said in a statement it included jail time. Jason Rezaian, 39, …

Terrorists empowered after US-led strikes: Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS– Syria complains that terrorists harrying the country grew in power after the United States and its allies started aerial strikes against purported Daesh hideouts. “The result is that the terrorists have gained more ground and more recruits from around the world,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told China’s Phoenix television in an interview published on …