Bassem Mroue

For Bassem Mroue's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Apr 23, 2017

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Many don’t speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces in the ...

Shock troops who fight to the death key to Islamic State success

Jul 10, 2015

Shock troops who fight to the death key to Islamic State success

Fanatical and disciplined, the unit of Islamic State group fighters infiltrated the Syrian border town of Kobani and unleashed mayhem, battling Kurdish forces. In the end, the militants were all killed, but not before they had accomplished their mission of spreading fear by slaughtering ...