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Gary R. Bunt

IS 'caliphate' 'ended'

Guardian, Isis defeated, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announce
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IS reconfiguration

Washington Post, As the ‘caliphate crumbles,’ the Islamic State is seeding a new insurgency Discover More…

UK rehomes some 100 Syria White Helmets and family members

BBC News, UK rehomes some 100 Syria White Helmets and family members

Significant report from Catrin Nye.


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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

AFP/Rudaw, Al-Qaeda's shadow still hangs over Syria's Idlib: analysts
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True Origins of ISIS

Hassan Hassan, The Atlantic, The True Origins of ISIS: A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person, 30 Nov 2018
Important article from Hassan Hassan.

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Raed Fares

Middle East Eye, Prominent Syrian opposition activist Raed Fares shot dead in Idlib
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“Of Fathers and Sons” film

Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept, “Of Fathers and Sons” — a Startling Film Goes Inside a Generational Apocalypse in Syria

What appears to be a depressing but essential piece of cinema (I have only viewed the trailer so far).

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Salafism in America

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Research on Syria/Jihadism



Hassan Hassan, CTC, Two Houses Divided: How Conflict in Syria Shaped the Future of Jihadism, October 2018, Volume 11, Issue 9
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