What Is Jaysh Khalid bin-Walid?

Although it has never officially declared its allegiance, Jaysh Khalid bin-Walid is widely seen as an affiliate of ISIS in souther...


The Rukban Refugee Camp: Implications for Jordan's Security

Concerns over the presence of militants in the camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border, home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, ...


Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Central Asia: A Nexus of Minor Tensions

When it comes to Syria's war, Moscow-Tehran-Ankara dynamics have been in the headlines....

Central Asia

Syria's Civil War: Who is Supporting the Government?

An overview of the groups supporting the Assad regime on the ground today. 

Syria's Civil War: Who is Supporting the Government?

Al-Qaeda’s Message to Syrian Jihadis

The jihadi group's leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has called on Syrian Islamist militants to see the country's conflict as 'the cause ...


Is an ISIS/al-Qaeda Merger on the Cards?

Iraq's vice president says the two jihadi groups have been in discussions, but while dialogue is one thing, a prospective alliance...


The Latest Israel-Syria Clashes: New Escalation or More of the Same?

If Israel is now targeting the Assad regime in Syria, not simply Hizbullah, then this represents a significant change in its appro...


By Ignoring its Allies, the West Empowers its Enemies in Syria

Turkey's operations in Syria are informed by the twin domestic threats of Kurdish separatist and Islamist terrorism....


Tahrir al-Sham Attack Highlights Increasing Sectarianism in Syria

The jihadi coalition says twin blasts that killed more than 70 mostly Shia pilgrims in Damascus were a way to hit Assad and his Ir...

Tahrir al-Sham Attack Highlights Increasing Sectarianism in Syria

Religion, Conflict, and Geopolitics in 2017

As a new presidential administration takes the reins in Washington, and as the UK begins exiting the EU, 2017 promises to bring dr...

CRG report

Syria's Civil War: What are the Main Factions?

Since the conflict started in 2011, armed groups have come and gone, alliances have formed and dissolved....

Syrian civil war: What are the main factions?

Why Syria’s Future Can Only be Secured by a Multinational Stabilisation Force

The Syrian civil war is three conflicts in one: a proxy war, a popular uprising, and a counter-extremism struggle....

The UN Security Council after a vote to approve a Russian-Turkish peace plan for Syria, 31 December 2016.

Extremism and Conflict: What to Watch in 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, CRG asks leading security and risk analysts what we should keep our eyes on when it comes to religious e...

Global security
View of the truck that drove into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.

Aleppo: The Consequences of Inaction

Syrians wanted help from the West. Now we are witnessing the cost of looking away.

Smoke billows from the former rebel-held district of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, on December 12, 2016, during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city.

Assad's 'Counter-Extremism' Battle Takes Toll on Civilians

Syria was among the worst countries for civilian deaths due to state actions, according to the Global Extremism Monitor....