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3rd October 2014 – The Weekly Standard


Reuel Marc Gerecht

The great medieval historian Ibn Khaldun centered his understanding of history on asabiyya, which is perhaps best translated as esprit de corps mixed with the will to power. more...

1st October 2014 – The Washington Times

Iran Rising

Clifford D. May

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains. more...

25th September 2014 – Al Arabiya

Who Benefits from Yemen’s Houthi crisis?

Oren Adaki

It was reported Sunday that the Yemeni government and Houthi Shiite rebels signed an agreement calling for the formation of a new government in an attempt to end fierce clashes in the embattled capital Sanaa. more...

24th September 2014 – Foreign Policy

Thank You for Bombing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Washington says its air war on the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria is part of a strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the organization. It may have another effect: swelling al Qaeda's ranks and giving the jihadist group that Osama bin Laden founded a new lease on life. more...

24th September 2014 – Fox News Online

ISIS as a Common Enemy not Enough to Make US, Iran Allies, say Critics

Benjamin Weinthal

The U.S. effort to stem Islamic State’s reign of terror in Syria and Iraq has America and one of its most bitter enemies - Iran - in the same camp, which some experts warn could be a recipe for disaster. more...

17th September 2014 – The Washington Times

Faith, Fanaticism and Fantasy in the Middle East

Clifford D. May

“God created war,” theorized Mark Twain, “so that Americans would learn geography.” That’s as true today as it was two centuries ago. How many of us would be able to find Yemen, Somalia and Mali on a map if not for the conflicts raging in those lands? more...

12th September 2014 – National Review Online

No Time to Forget Iran’s Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront America’s enemies, the Obama administration needs to relentlessly confront al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the most potent sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

10th September 2014 – The National Interest

The Problem With Al Jazeera

Oren Adaki, Grant Rumley, David Andrew Weinberg

Khaled Mashal. Mohammed Deif. Ramadan Shallah. These three men are all leaders in Palestinian groups listed as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the United States government. And all three of them were granted special airtime during the recent Gaza conflict by Qatar’s Mideast media powerhouse Al Jazeera. more...

10th September 2014 – The Washington Times

Thirteen Years After 9/11

Clifford D. May

Do not call what happened 13 years ago this week a tragedy. It was a terrorist atrocity, an act of war and a war crime. Very different. more...

5th September 2014 – Business Insider

A Syrian Christian Businessman May Be Serving As The Assad Regime’s Liaison With ISIS

Tony Badran

For a long time, the conventional narrative about the rise of the Islamic State (IS) has been that the jihadist group owes its rise to financial support from Gulf donors. more...

4th September 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Boko Haram Did Not Declare a Caliphate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Laura Grossman

Reports suggest that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, either declared a caliphate or announced that the group’s territorial gains have become part of a caliphate. The reports are wrong. In the video he released on August 24, following the group’s territorial gains, Shekau did not even use the word “caliphate,” let alone declare one. more...

3rd September 2014 – The Washington Times

A Plan For Crushing The Islamic State

It is astonishing that nearly six years into the tenure of any administration the commander-in-chief would acknowledge publicly that he has no strategy for addressing an evident, serious threat to American interests. more...

3rd September 2014 – The Washington Times

A Job Americans Don’t Want To Do?

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama has been taking a lot of heat for acknowledging he doesn’t “have a strategy yet” for dealing with the jihadis butchering Iraqis, Syrians, Christians, Kurds and Yazidis while in their spare time attempting to weaponize bubonic plague for use against others on their extensive to-kill list. more...

2nd September 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Executes American Reporter, Threatens Brit

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released a video of the execution of Steven Joel Sotloff, an American journalist captured in Syria in August 2013, and threatened to kill a British captive if the US does not halt airstrikes in northern Iraq. more...

28th August 2014 – Standpoint Magazine

Fatal Procrastination

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his April 2012 speech at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., President Obama said: "We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen — because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts, and because so many others stood silent." more...

27th August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Islamic State Documents Takeover of Syrian Airbase

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State released photographs that document its recent takeover of the Syrian Air Force's base in Tabqa in Raqqah province. more...

27th August 2014 – The Washington Times

Jihadism and ‘the language of good and evil’

Clifford D. May

The battle of Waterloo,” the Duke of Wellington is supposed to have said, “was won on the playing fields of Eton.” The battle against the Islamic State could be lost on the campuses of American universities. more...

22nd August 2014 – The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front attempts to thwart Islamic State’s advances north of Aleppo

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

A video released by the Al Nusrah Front features three fighters shortly before they head off to fight the Islamic State's jihadists, who have advanced on rebel positions north of Aleppo. more...

21st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Posts Rewards For 5 Haqqani Network Leaders

Bill Roggio

Siraj Haqqani's reward is raised to $10 million, putting it in the top tier of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million were posted for four other Haqqani leaders. more...

21st August 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander To Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. more...


22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

30th January 2013 - 3:59 PM

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Joins Conversation on Mali

Foreign Policy and the Pulitzer Center present a conversation with Peter Chilson, author of We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali, a masterful blend of reportage and history from one of the world's newest front lines in the war on terror -- the endangered African country of Mali.