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Can the Caterpillar of the new Syrian Constitution become a butterfly?
The last significant step in Syria’s thorny path towards the end of the conflict that has devastated the country for the last six years was the peace talks held last February in Astana, Kazakhstan, which welcomed representatives from the Syrian government, the opposition and envoys from Iran, Russia and Turkey, the three major foreign powers leading the negotiations with UN assent.
Migrant crisis triggers fears over increase of terrorism threat in Western Europe
In these recent months a record number of hundreds of thousands of migrants escaping violence and political instability across North Africa and the Middle East has entered into Europe. This flow of refugees into European countries has prompted concerns, fomented especially by far-right parties such as Italy’s Northern League, France’s National Front and UK’s UKIP, about the possible infiltration of Islamist terrorists, particularly Islamic State members, among the asylum seekers
Conséquences pour la sécurité des intérêts américains à l’étranger
Suite à la présentation mardi dernier au Congrès de la version publique du rapport de la Commission sénatoriale du renseignement sur les techniques d’interrogatoire de la CIA dans le cadre de la lutte anti-terroriste, les autorités américaines ont relevé leur niveau d’alerte pour protéger leurs installations militaires et diplomatiques à travers le monde.
The United Nations warn about unprecedented level of Jihadi recruitment
On Friday October 31, the British daily newspaper “The Guardian” revealed passages of an un-published report from the UN Security Council’s committee in charge of monitoring the activities of Al-Qaeda...
Washington and Ankara begin to overcome differences in the fight against the Islamic State
After weeks of waiting and uncertainty, approximately 150 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters bound for the Syrian city of Kobani were finally allow to enter Turkey early on Wednesday, October 29...
Clockwork orange jihad: the Islamic State comes to Canada
While the facts have been largely ignored by European media, the “Clockwork Orange” style of jihad of the Islamic State made its debut in Canada at the beginning of the week. On Monday, a Canadian soldier was fatally wounded (and another one injured) after he has been hit by an known Islamist in his car. On Wednesday in the end of the morning, another serviceman was wounded when a man opened fire against the National War Memorial, in Ottawa. The man ran toward the Canadian Parliament which was closed. Nevertheless, witnesses say they heard “several gunshots” inside the building. It’s too early to assess the last event, but the first one is quite clear.
Djihad orange mécanique l’Etat Islamique débarque au Canada
Les faits ont été largement ignorés par les médias européens, mais le djihad style « Orange Mécanique » de l’Etat Islamique a fait son entrée au Canada en ce début de semaine. Lundi, c’est soldat canadien qui a été mortellement blessé, tandis qu’un autre était grièvement blessé, par un islamiste connu des services de police les ayant percuté avec son véhicule. Ce mercredi, en fin de matinée, un autre militaire a été blessé après qu’un inconnu ait ouvert le feu à plusieurs reprises contre le National War Memorial d’Ottawa avant de prendre la fuite. Le parlement canadien, tout proche du mémorial a été fermé tandis que les forces de l’ordre se lançaient dans la chasse à l’homme. A l’heure où nous écrivons, aucun détail exploitable n’a été révélé sur le plus récent des deux attentats, mais on pejut déjà se livrer à une analyse du premier d’entre eux.
Turkey’s prospects in face of IS’ advance on Kobani
Day after day, the situation is becoming increasingly tense in eastern and south-eastern Turkey, in response to the events in Syria, as tens of thousands of Kurdish refugees fled the advance of the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group against the border city of Kobani.
The Zaidi advance ushers in a new period of uncertainty in Yemen
Whilst the world’s attention was focused on the barbaric atrocities committed by the “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, the rapid advance of the Zaidi “Houti” insurgency – also known as “Ansarullah” – towards Sanaa also plunged Yemen on the verge of a new civil war.
Anti-IS coalition takes shapes despite huge number of uncertainties on the ground
According to a statement issued by the press service of the Elysée Palace, French fighter jets carried out their first air strikes against Islamic State (IS – referred as “Daech”) positions in northern Iraq, early in the morning on Friday September 19. French media sources later reported that the operation was conducted by at least two Rafale aircrafts stationed in the Al Dhafra Air Base, near Abu Dhabi.
Iran: The reactions to the interim nuclear agreement
On Sunday, November 24, 2013, the 5+1 negotiator group (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany) reached an interim nuclear agreement with Iran. [...]
Syria: Free Syrian Army set conditions to participate in Geneva II peace talks
On Monday, November 11th, 2013, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) set its conditions to participate to the Geneva II Middle East Peace Conference (hereinafter Geneva II), which is expected to take place by the end of the year. With all parties now declaring their willingness to take part to the Conference, several issues have still to be solved by sherpas before its beginning. [...]
Belgium/Syria: New reports confirm increasing involvement of Belgian jihadists in Syria
On June 27, the judge for the Spanish National Court, issued an arrest warrant against Ismail Abdelatif Al Lal, 38, in connection to the investigation of Jihadist recruiting network operating in Ceuta and Morocco dismantled last June 21.
Syria: The speech of a cornered President
On Sunday, January 6th, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad spoke for the first time on television for more than seven months(...)
Risk of a new war in the Golan
On Monday, November 12, an Israeli tank destroyed a Syrian mobile artillery unit in response to the fall of several mortar shells on the Golan Heights (...)
Risque d'une nouvelle guerre pour le Golan
Lundi 12 novembre, un tank israélien a détruit une pièce d’artillerie mobile syrienne en riposte à la chute de plusieurs obus de mortier sur le plateau du Golan (...)
Lebanon threatens to sink back into violence
Lebanon is slipping back into turmoil since the bloody attack perpetrated in downtown Beirut on Friday, October 19 (...)
Diplomatic prospects after United Nations General Assembly's annual debate
The General Debate of the United Nations’ General Assembly 67th session has taken place in New York from Tuesday September 25 to Monday October 1.
The situation in Syria: an assessment
In Syria, the situation has not calmed down: unrest escalates, repression becomes harsher and armed groups have emerged (...)


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