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Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Shift to Jihad

February 27th, 2014 · Comments

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (@daveedGR) discusses Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia and broader issues within the Arab Spring regarding changes in political order and violence.

Make sure to check out Daveed's two papers on Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia: "Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia's Shift to Jihad" and "Ansar al-Sharia's Long Game: Dawa, Hisba, and Jihad"


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Tags: jihad · Tunisia · Arab Spring · Salafi Jihadis · daveed gartenstein-ross · Salafi · Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia

Sectarianism and the War in Syria

February 19th, 2014 · Comments

The Loopcast talks to Phillip Smyth (@phillipsmyth) and Aaron Zelin (@azelin) about the use of sectarian discourse within the Syrian war.

Please make sure to check out "The Vocabulary of Sectarianism" written by Phillip and Aaron, and make sure to check out Jihadology and Hizballah Cavalcade.

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Tags: jihad · Syria · Jabhat al Nursa · Arab Spring · Iran · Iran policy · radicalization · Hizballah Cavalcade · Shia Groups in Syria · Shiism · Badr Organization · Iran foreign policy · Iranian Involvement in Syria · Sunni Politics in Iraq · Shia Politics in Iraq · Salafi Jihadis · Islamic State of Iraq ash-Sham · Saudi Arabia · Shia Militias in Syria · Iran and Syria · Iranian foreign policy · Iran's policy in the Levant · Ayatollah · Qum · Najaf · Isfahan · Shiism and the modern world · velayat e faqih · wilayat el faqih · insurgency · Sunni groups in Syria · foreign fighters in Syria · Shia · Salafi · shiism in the modern world

Episode 89 - (Lack of) Law and Order in the Sinai

October 11th, 2013 · Comments

Mara Revkin (@mararevkin) discusses the problem of law and order in the Sinai with the Loopcast.

Make sure to check out Mara's article:  "Sharia Courts of the Sinai"


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Tags: Muslim Brotherhood · Salafism · Politics post Arab Spring · Egypt · Egyptian Protests · Salafis · Egyptian Salafis · Salafi Jihadis

Episode 87- Update on the insurgency in Syria and a profile of the shabiha

September 29th, 2013 · Comments

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi (@ajaltamimi) and Phillip Smyth (@phillipsmyth) discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria and profile the shabiha, pro Assad militias. 

Check out the two updates from Syria Comment which formed the basis of this conversation: "Islamist Groups Declare Opposition to National Coalition and US Strategy" and "A Case Study of "The Syrian Resistance," a Pro-Assad Militia Force"    

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Tags: Syria · Jabhat al Nursa · Salafism · Shia Groups in Syria · Salafis · Salafi Jihadis · Islamic State of Iraq ash-Sham · ISIS · Shia Militias in Syria · sectarianism · shabiha · Sunni groups in Syria

Episode 85- Insurgency in the Sinai

September 24th, 2013 · Comments

Zack Gold (@zlgold) and Chelsea Daymon (@cldaymon) speak to the Loopcast about the insurgency in the Sinai.

Zack's latest: "Why Israel will miss Morsi: As Egypt's military cracks down, Sinai descends into chaos"

Also make sure to read Chelsea's essay "The Egyptian Sinai: A New Front for Jihadist Activity"


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Tags: Israel · Israeli Foreign Policy · Egypt · Egyptian Salafis · Salafi Jihadis · Insurgency in the Sinai · law and order in the Sinai · the Sinai · Israeli Sinai policy · Egyptian military

Episode 76- Al Qaeda and jihadi movements post 2008

August 26th, 2013 · Comments

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (@daveedGR) and J.M. Berger (@intelwire) discuss Al Qaeda post 2008 in terms of organization, leadership, and goals.




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Tags: social media · jihad · Jabhat al Nursa · Mali · Tunisia · Arab Spring · Politics post Arab Spring · al nursa · AQIM · Salafi Jihadis · Islamic State of Iraq ash-Sham · ISIS · Al Qaeda and the Arab Spring

Episode 72-The Sunni Jihad in Syria

August 16th, 2013 · Comments

Thomas Hegghammer (@hegghammer), Aaron Zelin (@azelin), and I (@rejectionking) discuss the Sunni side of the Syrian Jihad. We discuss Qardawi's call to jihad and the theological underpinnings of that statement, foreign fighters in terms of numbers and motivations, the relationship of the Syrian jihad to the Sunni religious establishment in Saudi Arabia, and briefly comparing the jihad in Syria to previous contemporary jihads.

Thomas and Aaron have a good article in Foreign Affairs: "How Syria's Civil War Became a Holy Crusade"

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Tags: jihad · Syria · al nursa · Shiism · Salafi Jihadis · Islamic State of Iraq ash-Sham · ISIS · Saudi Arabia · Shia Militias in Syria

Episode 63- Shia Mobilization Frames and the War in Syria

July 31st, 2013 · Comments

 Christopher Anzalone (@ibnsiqilli) talks to me (@rejectionking) about his latest paper in the CTC: "Zaynab's Guardians: The Emergence of Shi'a Militias in Syria." In our discussion we talk about the media used by Shia militias to create mobilization frames including how religious imagery is meshed with political images, then we discuss how Sunni jihadists factor into these mobilization frames and end with a discussion on if the Syrian war can be thought of as a transnational "Shia Jihad."

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Tags: jihad · Syria · Iran · Hizballah · Shia Groups in Syria · Shiism · Iraq · Iranian Involvement in Syria · Salafis · Shia Politics in Iraq · Salafi Jihadis · Shia Militias in Syria

Episode 54-Islamists and Salafi Jihadis during the Arab Spring

July 18th, 2013 · Comments

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (@daveedGR), Will McCants (@will_mccants) and I (@rejectionking) discuss how Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Ennahda Movement in Tunisia have fared during the Arab Spring.

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Tags: Syria · Tunisia · Salafism · Politics post Arab Spring · Egypt · Salafis · Egyptian Salafis · Salafi Jihadis