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How Will the Death of al Qaeda’s al-Masri Affect Afghanistan?

Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Muhsin al-Masri (a.k.a. Husam Abd al-Rauf), an Egyptian, was killed during an operation in Ghazni province.

iSTART: An Analytical Framework for Combating Terrorism

iSTART (Ideology, Strategy, Tactics, Accounting, Recruitment, and Targets): A new framework to help understand how specific terrorist groups operate.

Turkish Soldiers Killed in Airstrike in Northwest Syria

Update on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Idlib, Syria: 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike in northwest Syria and 35 were wounded.

Voter Turnout in Iran's Elections Achieves Record Low

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.

Turkey and Syria: A Humanitarian Crisis or Conflict?

As the Syrian offensive continues, there is nowhere for refugees to get away from the conflict. Turkey continues to threaten military action against Syria.

Why Today’s Parliamentary Election in Iran Is Significant

Iran’s next election takes place today. However, there is an issue: the candidates must be approved through the Guardian Council of Iran.

Police Chief's Assassination Has Significant Implications for Afghani Taliban

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.

US Withdrawal from Syria Could Enable a Pan-Shi’a Iran and Change the Mideast Balance of Power

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.