Charles Lister

Charles Lister


Senior Fellow & Director of @MEI_CTE at @MiddleEastInst. Author of #TheSyrianJihad. Following #Syria, armed groups, #Idlib, #AQ & #ISIS T/RT≠ endorsement.

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An Islamophobe was just appointed "religious freedom advisor" at @USAID . Mark Kevin Lloyd has previously shared statements calling #Islam  a "a barbaric cult." Another gem: "those who understand #Islam  for what it is are gearing up for the fight."

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9yrs ago, @Qattouby  was in prison #Syrian  undergoing horrendous torture & being interrogated by notorio #Syrians  n commander Suheil Hassan. Days ago, he graduated f @Columbiaom  & joi @MEI_Syriaed  as a non-resident scholar. Mabrouk Qutaiba!

#HTS  leader #Jolani  remains engaged in an intensified program of outreach - with tribal engagement & events with children being publicized by #HTS  media.

#Russia  conducted its first airstrike in #Idlib  in ~11 weeks today, hitting a building on the M4 outside Jisr al-Shughour in a double-tap. Unverified reports claim #Turkey  soldiers were wounded.

#Africa  [has] emerged as the only continent where #ISIS  could operate like it did in #Syria  & #Iraq  during its heyday." Amazing paper by @BokoWatch , looking at #Mali , #Niger , #Nigeriaia #BurkinaFaso, #Mozambique , #Somalia , #Chad , #Cameroon , &am #DRC ; .

"How the #Taliban  Outlasted a Superpower: Tenacity & Carnage" - Fascinating long-form reporting from @MujMash , who delves into the #Taliban 's inner dynamics & thinking, ~19yrs after the U.S. invasion of #Afghanistan :

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An excellent resource from @azelin , who's compiled a complete list of #HTS  leader Abu Mohammed al-Jolani's appearances going back to 2012 [when nobody knew what he looked like] -- on @Jihadology_Net :

Big developments in #Deraa  yesterday & today, as a Central Negotiations Committee convoy was ambushed (3 killed) after a negotiation in Muzayrib. Muzayrib was later raided, sparking clashes with local armed elements. Today, Tafas has been locked down & #SAA  forces sent in.

NEW - the #EU  extended its sanctions against #Syria 's #Assad  regime for another year -- to June 2021. In sum, #EU  sanctions are on 273 persons & 70 entities.

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BREAKING - State Dept dissent memo published, condemning #Trump ’s #MuslimBan  as “counterproductive” -

In 85 days, ~1 million people have fled their homes in #Idlib , #Syria . 60% are kids & 20% women. They're now homeless, hemmed onto a shut #Turkey  border. There are no tents left & little food. Kids are freezing to death. Where the Hell is the world's attention? WAKE UP.

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A suspected U.S missile strike hit a mosque full of 300 people tonight in Al-Jinah, west #Aleppo . 57+ killed so far. #Syria 

Stunning exchange at Senate Intel: Q: GOP Sen - ‘Why do #Russia  active measures work? A: - “Because embraces them #Trump . "

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With an open invitation to the @WhiteHouse , these images of Gen. Mazloum (real name: Sahin Cilo) are a bit problematic. 1. Swimming as a teenager w. #PKK  founder/leader, Abdullah Ocalan, in #Latakia , #Syria  2. Sat next to #PKK  leader Duran Kalkan, wanted by @StateDept  for $3m.

BREAKING - multiple reports coming from #Iraq  claiming that *both* #IRGC  Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani & #PMU  Deputy Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes were killed tonight in the [alleged US] drone strike outside #Baghdad  Airport. Massive news, if it’s accurate.

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Let that sink in: U.S citizens killed in war since *1775* = 1.2 million U.S citizens killed domestically by guns from *1963* = 1.6 million

So sad, hundreds, thousands of yrs of history destroyed by #ISIS  w. sledgehammers & pickaxes in museum, Ninawa, #Iraq 

Absolutely appalling behavior from #Greece 's Coastguard -- a boatful of desperate #Syria  refugees are rammed, hit with sticks and fired at with automatic rifles.

BREAKING - Terrible reports of a chemical attack on besieged #Douma  in #EastGhouta  - *much* more potent than normal chlorine gas attacks. = More than 700 affected & 35+ confirmed dead so far. Horrific images, speak for themselves - children foaming at the mouth & nose.

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