“Conquest of Paris” is a chronicle of the birth of a new organization of the Jihad “in the Arabic Peninsula


 Abdel bari Atwan

If, as seems highly likely, the CH killers & Kosher supermarket assassins were sent by AQAP this is highly significant in terms of jihadist politics, with implications for regional and global security.

In all the panic over the rapid spread of Isis, many have forgotten that there is already a Global Jihadist number one – AQ’s Ayman al-Zawahiri – and also, a Caliph – Taliban leader, Mullah Omar. Taliban and AQ are tight allies.


Paris Attacks: Racial Hatred, Social Disintegration A Greater Threat Than Terrorism

By Abdel Bari Atwan

I am a Muslim who has been living in Europe for 40 years ago. I am not a terrorist and yet, like all Muslims, I am made to feel like one in the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris. This increasingly inextricable linkage between Islam and Terrorism is extremely dangerous, emotive, politically-motivated, and illogical. Should every Westerner  stand associated with  the deaths of the 300 thousands victims of the war in Iraq? Or the 50 thousands

Thoughts On The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Massacre

By Abdel Bari Atwan

After the attacks of 11 September 2001 The Economist’s main editorial remarked that, while the West flies thousands of miles to attack Muslim countries with bombs and shells, it had never imagined that retaliation in the heart of the homeland was possible.

I have been following, with great concern, reports about Wednesday’s attack by three youths – believed to be Islamic jihadists – on the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. In broad

America’s U-turns on Middle East Continue For 2015 (Atwan in Gulf News)

Washington’s policy in the region is predicated on two inaccurate assumptions: That all problems can be solved militarily and that the solution US policy-makers envisage is necessarily right

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 17:10 January 5, 2015

  • Gulf News

America’s U-turns on Middle East

  • Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

In December 2011, US President Barack Obama celebrated the withdrawal of the last batch of US troops from Iraq and declared: “We are leaving behind a sovereign,

US Middle East Policy For A Catastrophic 2015

By Abdel Bari Atwan

2015 may prove a nightmare for American strategy in the Middle East in particular, but also in other regions of the world, including the Ukraine. The US has experienced military and political defeats on several fronts, forcing it to retreat and make many concessions. The only exception is with regard to the Palestinian issue, not because of the strengths of America but due to catastrophically weak Palestinian leadership.

The most distinguishing feature

Islamic State’s Prospects for the New Year [Atwan in Gulf News]

While Al Zawahiri’s star has been eclipsed and Mullah Omar has yet to speak on the issue, the old guard can still create problems for Al Baghdadi

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 16:32 December 30, 2014

  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take up positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi.

Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has dominated global

Assad’s First Steps Towards International Rehabilitation

Abdel Bari Atwan

On Monday, the Arab world was taken by surprise when the Syrian Embassy in Kuwait was re-opened. Three Syrian diplomats were despatched from Damascus by President Assad’s regime and now the Syrian national flag is fluttering in all its red, white and black glory over a building that was shut down and closed twenty months ago when the Kuwaiti government fully expected Assad to fall within weeks.

An under-secretary at Kuwait’s foreign ministry,

Jordan’s Mistake in Joining the Anti-IS Alliance

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The shooting down of a Jordanian aircraft and the capture of its pilot by the Islamic State [of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL] may set a horrifying a precedent and is a big embarrassment to the Amman authorities. This is how we view the developments that could happen in the coming days

Few would have expected that ISIL was capable of shooting down one of the warplanes of the 60-state Alliance that is bombarding ISIL positions day and at night. This is because the aircraft

Nato Plans Bosnia-style Division of Syria

Abdel Bari Atwan

Former Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has spoken for the first time about a ‘soft’ division of Syria in answer to questions put to him at a Turkish University where a ‘Peace in the Middle East’ symposium was being held. He spoke about the deep ethnic and sectarian divisions in Syria.

In a statement likely to inflame, rather than soothe, sectarian tensions, Rasmussen uttered this rather clumsy, and surprisingly

Jordan’s Decision to Buy Israeli Gas Threatens National Stability

Abdel Bari Atwan

Jordan, is in the grip of a major political furore. Members of the Jordanian parliament have “woken up” after a long sleep, as one of them described the situation. Now, many politicians are threatening a vote of no-confidence in Abdallah al-Nusur’s government, which has been the longest-serving government in Jordan’s recent history. Previous administrations did not last more than a few months.

The problem is that the Jordanian