ICT's Commentaries provide short analyses and relevant insights on current terrorism and counter-terrorism events worldwide.
The views expressed in this publication are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).
“Why Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not Part of Syrian Ceasefire Deal?” titled an article on the official RussianSputnik news agency, referring to an agreement achieved in late December in Moscow by Russia and Turkey as its co-guarantors and Iran as part of it. There is no clear answer to this question in the article. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared that Egypt could soon become part of the Syrian peace talks, adding that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Iraq will also be invited to take part in these efforts in the future. The article notes thatSaudi Arabia and Qatar have long provided support to some of the radical groups fighting in Syria, one of the factors contributing to the continuation of the nearly six-years-long war.
First published in The Jerusalem Post
While the eyes of the world focus on Iraq and Syria to monitor the coalition forces' progress against the Islamic State in Mosul and Al-Raqqa, the biggest democratic nation in Africa, Nigeria, records a military victory over a radical Islamic organization named Boko Haram.
On the backdrop of French and Belgian leaders expressing their worry concerning a chemicals terrorist attack in the aftermath of the Paris 13 November ISIS attacks in Paris please see below my presentation at the panel on "Chemical Warfare at 100" at The 4th EU Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference, 11-12 November 2015, Brussels.
The below ISIS video seems an attempt by the organization to bandwagon the present Palestinian wave of terrorism in Jerusalem and the West Bank without any special effort.
For the moment, while ISIS is under combined but not coordinated attacks by the United States coalition, the Russian airforce stationed in Syria (randomly), the Kurds in notherrn Syria, Turkish airforce and Baghdad army supported by Shiia militas and Iranian forces. Israel is a very low priority for it.