Jihadology Podcast: The Syrian Jihad: A History

By Aaron Y. Zelin
Monday, November 23, 2015, 11:29 AM

Charles Lister comes back on the show for an in-depth discussion on jihadism in Syria. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Islamism and jihadism in Syria prior to the 2011 uprising
  • The entrance and evolution of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and Jaysh al-Islam into what became the Syrian war
  • Why foreign fighters came into the Syrian conflict
  • Why the Islamic State of Iraq decided to enter the war in April 2013 and what it was up to prior to the fitness in January 2014
  • What the growth of ISIS and later IS meant for the other extreme factions - JN, Ahrar, and JI


This episode also features an updated #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from November 11-20.

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