April 02, 2019

How a 'smarter' Islamic state is quietly taking over swathes of Syria after ISIS defeat

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The Independent

Journalist Richard Hall

The Islamic State’s caliphate is no more. Four years after its fighters captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared its intention to spread jihad around the world, the terror group no longer holds any territory.

But as one extremist Islamic state falls, another one endures. Over the past few years, a group that was formerly part of Al Qaeda has cemented its power in northern Syria and now rules over some 3 million people.

After forcing out rival rebel groups in Idlib earlier this year, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS) has imposed its control over all aspects of life in the province. Now, a university with more than 6,000 students has become the battleground between in its quest for dominance.

Read the full article and more in The Independent.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...