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The Fight for Yemen (PBS Frontline)

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This video contains information on the current conflict in Yemen, including the Houthi rebels, AQAP, and the Saudi coalition.

See the full video here.

ISIS’s Command and Control

ISIS's Command and Control, courtesy of NYT.
ISIS’s Command and Control, courtesy of NYT.

ISIS has a sophisticated command and control structure which taps the networks of members of AQI, Saddam Hussein’s Baathist Party, and former inmates from Camp Bucca. The key leader is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is now operating under the name of Caliph Ibrahim. He is assisted in his governance with as Shura Council, including:

Abu Muslim al Afari al Turkmani

Abu Ali al Anbari

Abu Arkan al Amiri

Omar al Shishani

Abu Ayman al Iraqi

Abu Muhammad al Adnani

Abu al Athir Amr al Absi

Other key leaders on thematic issues include:

  • Fares Reif al Naima – Chief Quatermaster

  • Abu Yahya al Iraqi – Chief Bodyguard

  • Abdul Rahman al Afari – Veteran Affairs

  • Khairy Abed Mahmoud al Taey – Explosives Expert

  • Abdulla Ahmad al-Mishhadani – Facilitator

  • Abu Safwan al-Rifai – Chief of Military Intelligence

Check out:

NYT. “How ISIS Works.” http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/world/middleeast/how-isis-works.html?_r=0

PBS. “Who Runs the Islamic State?” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/iraq-war-on-terror/rise-of-isis/who-runs-the-islamic-state/

How to Train a Rebel Army (Secretly) in Seven Steps

FRONTLINE’s Muhammad Ali explains a covert U.S. program to train Syrian rebels in Qatar.

Obama said he wants to step up training for rebel groups in Syria. But there’s already a covert rebel training program in effect. FRONTLINE’s Muhammad Ali explains how it works.