iSTART (Ideology, Strategy, Tactics, Accounting, Recruitment, and Targets): A new framework to help understand how specific terrorist groups operate.
Update on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Idlib, Syria: 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in northwest Syria and 35 were wounded.
Iran’s parliamentary elections last Friday saw the lowest voter participation since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. About 42 percent of voters turned out for the elections.
As the Syrian offensive continues, there is nowhere for refugees to get away from the conflict. Turkey continues to threaten military action against Syria.
Iran’s next election takes place today. However, there is an issue: the candidates must be approved through the Guardian Council of Iran.
The use of assassinations as a weapon to create (or thwart) change is nothing new. Terrorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries used targeted killings to great effect.
President Trump has said he would like to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Such a withdrawal from Syria and Iraq could enable a contiguous pan-Shi’a Iran.