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Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

28th July 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

Tony Badran

With the nuclear deal finally out of the way, President Obama can now get down to what, for him, has always been the real business—engaging Iran on regional issues. As one administration official has acknowledged, the US president sees Iran as “the key to peace” in the Middle East. But first, as Obama told Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in one of his letters, the formality of the nuclear deal had to be concluded. more...

Analysis & Commentary

31st July 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Branch in Syria Says it Captured US-backed Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” The statement, seen below, was released today on one of the group’s official Twitter feeds. more...

30th July 2015 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below estimating the change in ISIS's territory between January 1 and June 29 of this year. more...

28th July 2015 – Quoted by Kyle Orton - NOW Lebanon

Turkey Fears a Kurdish State More Than the Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

After years of threatening, Turkey directly intervened in Syria on Friday, launching airstrikes against the ISIS, and finally allowed the US to use Incirlik for jet and drone attacks against ISIS. more...

28th July 2015 – 104.1 KQTH

The Jon Justice Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest in the fight against ISIS. more...

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