The SVBIEDs Of The 2016 Aleppo Offensives – Part 1

First of all, I would like to thank a number of people who assisted me with information, translations, geolocations, and footage for this article. These people include, among others; E_Of_Justice, John Marquee, Suheil al-Ghazi, Samir, Qalaat Al Mudiq, Danspiun, Jakub Janovsky, and Riseuprebel. This is the first of a two part series…


Shifting Gears: HTS’s Evolving Use of SVBIEDs During the Idlib Offensive of 2019-2020 (Middle East Institute)

Two days ago I published my most extensive work of 2020 so far with the Middle East Institute, titled "Shifting Gears: HTS's Evolving Use of SVBIEDs During the Idlib Offensive of 2019-2020". This case study initially covers the group's use of SVBIEDs since the beginning of the Syrian civil war…


The Myth of the Remote-Controlled Car Bomb

Two weeks ago, I published an in-depth report with European Eye on Radicalization, in which I examined the who's and what's of Remote-Controlled Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (RC-VBIED) use. In the report, I compare and contrast the use of such devices by a variety of non-state actors in Syria, including…


Car Bombs as Weapons of War (Case study/Middle East Institute)

I just published an in-depth case study with the Middle East Institute, where I examine how IS design/tactics and use of SVBIEDs has evolved and adapted since 2014. The full case study can be read here:

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SVBIEDs & The Offensive Role of Heavy Construction Equipment

In historical and contemporary wars alike, the establishment of qualitative defensive fortifications has been one of the, if not the most important aspect of preparing for the possibility of an armed attack by an opposing force. These defensive fortifications typically take the shape of trenches and earth berms either surrounding…

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