Category: Syria

Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement

The US Army has published my chapter, “Designing an Information Warfare Campaign Against the Global Jihadi Movement,” as part of the Threat Knowledge Group’s special report, The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement. The report, written in 2014, was prepared for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, US Army Special Operations...

CNN discusses US propaganda effort against ISIS

Today, Ashleigh Banfield of CNN ran a segment on US propaganda efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. The US State Department seems very proud of its “Just Say No”-style videos designed to persuade prospective ISIS recruits from joining the cause. Ashleigh seemed very skeptical – and rightly so – about the effort, and CNN invited me over for an...

This is the kind of info we should be using to discredit adversaries

Radical Islamists who claim to hold the moral high ground are often vulnerable to revelations about their own behavior. It is important for the US and its allies to diminish and undermine the moral stature of radical Islamists by publicizing information that disgraces them in the eyes of their followers and supporters. In shame-based cultures, this disgrace can extend to...

Warring Syrian factions stop fighting on Eid to make way for world’s largest statue of Jesus

Here’s a development that should confound American diplomats and counterterrorism strategists: Warring factions in Syria stopped fighting for three days so that the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ could be moved from Armenia to a Syrian mountaintop. During the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha. Along an ancient Christian pilgrimage route from Constantinople to Jerusalem. Visible in Lebanon, Jordan,...

Investor’s Business Daily: The dangers of provocative weakness

US meekness in the face of Russian assertiveness is a danger to international stability and American security, because it can be misunderstood and unwittingly invite a mistaken response. “Provocative weakness is a state in which you look weak, and you inadvertently provoke Russia, and others who mean you ill, into thinking they can grab something for nothing.” That’s how American...

Join me at the US Capitol building for strategy conference on Al Qaeda and Ikhwan

Join me and eight other experts at the United States Capitol building on Friday, September 6, for a day-long conference on Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood: A New American Strategy. Sponsored by the Westminster Institute, the conference addresses the failure of US policy in the Middle East and Africa, a policy that centers on the belief that supporting “non-violent”...

Syrian protesters burn Iranian, Russian and Chinese flags

Here’s something you don’t see every day: Protesters burning the flags of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Soviet Union Russia, and Communist China. Syrian protesters know who’s propping up their murderous regime, as we can see from this video posted May 20.