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Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

Translation: Transcript of Putin's Meeting with Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu
By Frederick W. Kagan, March 15, 2016

Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov and Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu to discuss Russia's involvement in Syria. A translation of the transcript follows.

Update and Assessment: March 9, 2016
By The Editors , March 9, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on the al Qaeda network.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 8
By James Towey, March 8, 2016

Yemen continues to be a theater for the Iranian-Saudi regional conflict. An Iranian official threatened to increase direct Iranian military support to the al Houthis in Yemen.

Desknote: ISIS's Tunisian attack cell in Libya
By Emily Estelle, March 8, 2016

ISIS is maintaining a cell near Sabratha, Libya to conduct attacks into Tunisia. This cell is threatening the last, fragile success story of the Arab Spring and demonstrates, once again, the challenges of trying to contain ISIS within uncontested safe-havens.

Backgrounder: Fighting Forces in Libya

Libya is a safe-haven for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), al Qaeda, and other Salafi-jihadi groups. These groups use territory in Libya to train and prepare for terrorist attacks in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt and to support the establishment of like-minded groups elsewhere in North Africa.

Update and Assessment: March 2, 2016
By The Editors , March 2, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on the al Qaeda network.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 1
By James Towey, March 1, 2016

Saudi Arabia is leveraging Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government to advance Saudi regional objectives to limit Iran’s influence.

Update and Assessment: February 24, 2016
By The Editors , February 24, 2016

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

ISIS’s Campaign in Libya: January 4-February 19, 2016

ISIS is executing a sophisticated, multi-front campaign against Libya’s oil facilities, demonstrating the organization’s growing capability abroad. ISIS’s safe haven in Libya will allow it to survive even if it is defeated in Iraq and Syria.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 17
By James Towey, February 17, 2016

The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Yemen is undermining the internationally-recognized government in Aden through repeated, effective attacks on security forces and government officials.