Analysis & Commentary

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Officials, Taliban Deny Adnan Rasheed Was Captured

Bill Roggio

Pakistani officials have said there was a "mix-up" and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.

24th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Describes Its Seizure of Central Syrian Gas Field

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State's media office in Homs province released a report earlier this week detailing the terror group's takeover of a large gas facility in central Syria.

24th July 2014 - Quoted by Steve LeVine - Quartz

Here’s An Effective Way to Sanction Russia, and Why it Hasn’t Happened So Far

Mark Dubowitz

Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

23rd July 2014 - The Washington Times

Barbarians at Jordan’s Gate 

Clifford D. May

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq.

23rd July 2014 - Forbes

Vladimir Erdoğan: How The Turkish Premier Is Consolidating Power, Russia-Style

Merve Tahiroglu, Boris Zilberman

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) has its candidate for Turkey’s presidency. To no one’s surprise, it’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

23rd July 2014 - House Armed Services Committee - Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

U.S. National Missile Defense and the Growing Threat: Is a “Limited Defense” Enough?

I am honored to be asked to testify before you today on this important subject. I have incorporated in this testimony my answers to the five sets of questions sent to me by the Committee.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims New Attacks on Official Twitter Feed

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group based in northern Iraq, claimed a string of new attacks in a series of tweets between July 13 and July 21.

23rd July 2014 - USA Today

FAA Hands Hamas A Big Win

Clifford D. May

A colleague and I were waiting for a airplane at Ben-Gurion International Airport just outside Tel Aviv a couple of weeks ago.

23rd July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Vice President for Research, Jonathan Schanzer, discusses the escalating conflict in Gaza.

23rd July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu on Turkey's interests in Gaza.

23rd July 2014 - National Post

Ending Iran’s Support of Hamas Must Be Part of Any Final P5+1 Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Kay

On Monday, the so-called P5+1 — Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany — extended the deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran from July 20 (which was Sunday) to November 24.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage were forced to undergo a metal detector security screening as they arrived for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo Tuesday, a message Middle East watchers say is rife with significance, but which the State...

23rd July 2014 - Tablet Magazine

The Politics Behind the FAA’s Israel Flight Ban

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice prohibiting U.S. carriers from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport after a rocket launched by Hamas from Gaza landed near the Tel Aviv airport.

23rd July 2014 - The National Interest

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory.

23rd July 2014 - The Hill

What Are the Jews Supposed To Do?

Michael Ledeen

Missiles over and into Israel. Violent demonstrations in London, Paris and Vienna. Violent demonstrators in Boston and on innumerable university campuses. Calls of "Death to the Jews."

23rd July 2014 - Mentioned by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Hezbollah Talks Big But Bows Out of the Gaza War

Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped—but not now.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar Seeks to Pull Hamas Away from Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The Gulf Arab state of Qatar, with just over two million people, is playing an outsized role on the world stage these days, dipping its fingers into various conflicts in the region.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by William M. Welch - USA Today

Tel Aviv Flight Ban Cuts off Israelis

Jonathan Schanzer

For the first time in more than two decades, major international flights were suspended to Israel's main airport Tuesday because of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, limiting Israel's access to allies around the world as the latest military confrontation with Hamas deepens.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Qatar’s Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry, And Support For Hamas, Shows How Awkward Foreign…

Jonathan Schanzer, David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar recently cemented an enormous weapons deal with the United States.


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