Is Ahrar al Sham Still Fighting the Regime?

Is Ahrar al Sham Still Fighting the Regime?

Ahrar al Sham (AAS) has been a major player in the Syrian conflict since the group was formed in December 2011. Bringing together a number of Syrian Islamist groups to fight under a single structure, AAS’ primary stated objective was

IS After ‘Defeat’: Guerilla Tactics in the Desert

IS After ‘Defeat’: Guerilla Tactics in the Desert

A particularly pressing question for policy-makers is the form and intensity of violence to expect from IS now that it lost its control of Raqqa, Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Bukamal. Since the defeat in Al-Bukamal (November 2017), IS has split into various

Regional Overview – Middle East
11 June 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 11 June 2018

Nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations ended in Jordan last week following the withdrawal of a controversial tax bill. In Palestine, on the other hand, riots continued in both Gaza and the West Bank, as did Israeli airstrikes against Hamas. Throughout Turkey, violent

Demonstrations in Jordan Gaining Momentum

Demonstrations in Jordan Gaining Momentum

Over the last week, protests and riots occurred across Jordan in response to the proposed income tax bill, which would raise the income tax by at least 5% — dramatically affecting both lower- and middle-class Jordanians. The impact of the

Collaboration between YPG and Regime Forces

Collaboration between YPG and Regime Forces

In early 2018, the YPG publicly requested the support of the Syrian regime to obstruct the Turkish expansion in northern Syria (Reuters, 2018). The call for support fuelled a longer-standing suspicion among analysts about the level of cooperation and collaboration

The Houthis and the Use of Landmines in Yemen

The Houthis and the Use of Landmines in Yemen

Although air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition continue to account for the highest number of reported civilian fatalities, Houthi-planted landmines are a persistent threat for Yemeni civilians. On May 22, three unarmed citizens were reportedly killed when they stepped on

Humanitarian Targeting

Humanitarian Targeting

In this infographic by ACLED Research Director, Dr. Roudabeh Kishi, we explore the question, “Where are humanitarian workers (aid workers, health workers, teachers) most at risk? (2017 – present).

Regional Overview – Middle East
5 June 2018

Regional Overview – Middle East <br/> 5 June 2018

This past week was marked by major protests in Jordan and a rise in remote violence between Israel and Gaza. A drop in political violence has been recorded in Iraq following the arrest of senior Islamic State (IS) figures over

The Regional Impact of the US Embassy Move

The Regional Impact of the US Embassy Move

On May 14, the United States (US) government officially moved its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem (Haaretz, May 14, 2018). This action triggered demonstrations across Palestine. The largest of these were in the Gaza