Category Archives: Terrorism

Why Bashar Assad survives the Syrian deluge

by Claude Salhani – Logic, if it applied in this war, would dictate that by now — six long and murderous years into the conflict — Syrian President Bashar Assad should carry the blame for the sectarian violence that has … Continue reading

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Much more than brute military force needed to defeat ISIS

By Claude Salhani US President Donald Trump has reiter­ated his intent to go after the Islamic State (ISIS) and eradicate the jihadi terror organisation, which has taken over large regions of Iraq and Syria and claimed responsi­bility for many vicious … Continue reading

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War on ISIS more complicated than Trump says

By Claude Salhani One of the promises made by Donald Trump on the cam­paign trail last year was that one of his priorities would be “the total destruction of ISIS”. Trump has repeated this pledge several times since tak­ing office … Continue reading

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What follows after Islamic State retreat from Mosul may be far worse

Change is under way in Iraq where the Islamic State is losing ground in the battle for Mosul to the U.S.-backed coalition supporting government forces. That is the good news. The bad news is what comes next. Various intelligence reports … Continue reading

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Why the Islamic State is doomed and bound to collapse

by Claude Salhani The global fear of the Islamic State (ISIS) may be somewhat overplayed. To be sure, there is a clear and present threat emanating from the organisa­tion and it may well be ten times more lethal than al-Qaeda, … Continue reading

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ISIS on the rampage

The Arab Weekly Claude Salhani A slew of terrorist activities — from running people over to bombings, shootings and knifing bystanders — in numerous cities across Europe and the Muslim world has killed more than 400 people and wounded many … Continue reading

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Hezbollah: From national heroes to regional villains

The Arab Weekly Claude Salhani The killing of Mustafa Badreddine, the top Hezbollah military commander in Syria, adds greater pressure on the Lebanese Shia movement and its secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, at a time when both friends and foes are questioning … Continue reading

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Will the ‘caliphate’ be around a year from now? I

by Claude Salhani It has been a year since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), changed his name to Ibrahim and declare himself caliph of the Islamic caliphate on lands belonging to two established states … Continue reading

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Money can’t buy you love… but it sure can buy a lot of hate

By Claude Salhani   |   March 9, 2015 at 6:30 AM As Paul McCartney and John Lennon used to sing, “money can’t buy me love.” The same can be said about some countries such as Qatar, that has inexplicably spent billions … Continue reading

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France weighs the tragic cost of appeasement

By Claude Salhani – – Thursday, January 8, 2015 This article was first published in The Washington Times. The attack on the offices and staff of the French satirical paper, Charlie Hebdo, by three heavily armed men shouting out … Continue reading

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