Wednesday, July 27, 2016



Under The Black Flag

Tracking Islamic State

Eighty-four people were killed in Nice, France, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. "This is a new type of attack," says historian and Arabist Pieter Van Ostaeyen.

Islamic State, Nice, And The European Jihadism That Is Here To Stay

Brussels, Paris (twice), and now Nice: Four crippling jihadist attacks in just over 18 months. The extremist group Islamic State’s fastidious sadism has arrived in Europe, and it looks like our problems are only just beginning. More

Caucasus Report

Regional Smoke Detector

Ramazan Abdulatipov, the leader of Daghestan (file photo)

Political Party Quits In Daghestan

The Daghestan chapter of the opposition People Against Corruption Party (NPK) announced on July 21 that due to intense official pressure from the republican authorities, its prospective candidates have “regretfully” decided not to participate in the September elections. More

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Qishloq Ovozi

Blogging Central Asia

A gas processing plant in Turkmenistan. The Central Asian country has the fourth-largest gas reserves in the world. (file photo)

Audio Signs That Turkmenistan's Gas Sector Is In Crisis

Turkmenistan is apparently having enormous economic problems. The country's system is so opaque that it is always difficult to know much about what is going on there. But the recent decision to scrap the two entities that were overseeing the oil and gas sector and to restructure the management of that industry give the impression that the authorities in Ashgabat are getting desperate. More

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Turkey Notebook

Fethullah Gulen (left) had been a close ally of Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right), but their relationship gradually soured over time. (file photo)

The History Of Gulen And Erdogan

Since Turkey’s failed July 15 coup, the Turkish authorities have accused U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of being responsible for being behind the attempted takeover of power. It is an explanation that is widely accepted across Turkey. A brief look at the history of Gulen's movement helps explain why. More