Analysis & Commentary

26th November 2014 - The Washington Times

Slaughter in the Synagogue

Clifford D. May

Executioners for the Islamic State use knives to cut the throats of Christians, Yazidis and “apostate” Muslims. Palestinian executioners last week used knives and a meat cleaver to slaughter Jewish worshippers in a synagogue in west Jerusalem.

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament.

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Luke Baker - Reuters

Israel’s lurch to the right dims two-state peace prospects

Grant Rumley

A cartoon in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu studying a poster made by his publicity team of Mahmoud Abbas, the mild-mannered, soft-featured Palestinian president.

25th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Releases Biography of American Jihadist Samir Khan

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a biography of American AQAP operative and Inspire Magazine founder Samir Khan, who was killed in a US drone strike on Sept. 30, 2011.

25th November 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses what the extension of the Iran nuclear negotiations means for the future of the talks.

25th November 2014 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US Is On A Collision Course With An ‘Absolutely Indispensable’ Ally

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The US and Turkey are headed for a showdown over Syria, as evidence mounts that Ankara is enabling groups that Washington is actively bombing.

25th November 2014 - War on The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Stalled Offensive in Anbar Province

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In September, the Islamic in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a devastatingly effective offensive in Iraq’s Anbar province that for a time masked the losses the group was experiencing elsewhere (see two previous WOTR reports on ISIL’s Anbar campaign).

25th November 2014 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran’s Lower Profit From Sanctions Relief Won’t Mollify Congress

Mark Dubowitz

With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Reaction to Extension on Iran Talks Falls Along Partisan Lines

Mark Dubowitz

The news that negotiators had not reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the deadline Monday and were extending talks for an additional seven months drew a mixed reaction from lawmakers, with hard-liners urging quick imposition of tougher sanctions while others supported...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Tim Starks - Roll Call

Intentionally or Not, Hagel News Distracts From Other Administration News

Mark Dubowitz

Over the weekend, news broke of a change in the administration’s policy on Afghanistan. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an extension of Iranian nuclear talks. Yet it is the newly announced departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that has sucked up most of the news...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Ali Weinberg - ABC News

Republicans Could Complicate Iran Extension

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John Kerry said today that he was confident President Obama and he could convince a skeptical Congress that an additional seven months of nuclear negotiations with Iran could lead to a deal they could support, but that confidence may be challenged by Congress.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, So Congress Might Turn Up the Heat

Mark Dubowitz

An extension of the Iran nuclear talks is better than a bad deal, but many in Congress will want to use the next few months to further ramp up pressure on Tehran.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordon, David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. and Allies Extend Iran Nuclear Talks by 7 Months

Mark Dubowitz

A yearlong effort to reach an enduring accord with Iran to dismantle large parts of its nuclear infrastructure fell short on Monday, forcing the United States and its allies to declare a seven-month extension, but with no clear indication of how they plan to bridge fundamental differences....

24th November 2014 - 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the announcement that the US will be continuing its combat role in Afghanistan into 2015.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

A Bad Deal With Iran in the Nuclear Talks Could Destabilize the Middle East

By extending nuclear talks with Iran for seven more months, the major powers avoided total collapse but also raised the stakes, "ensuring that failure, if that is what eventually happens, will be all the more cataclysmic," according to the Guardian. My take, however, is that a bad deal with...

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Nuke Talks Confront Deadline, Iran’s Enmity with West

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As world powers talk of extending Monday's deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran, one thing is clear: The nation's authoritarian regime must decide if it wants to remain in conflict or engage with the West.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - The Fiscal Times

Egypt, the Most Important Arab Nation, Is an ISIS Target

Oren Kessler

Egypt has historically been one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. Today, after the failed 2011 “Arab Spring” and shake-up of official power, Egypt’s economy is crippled. The tourism industry is dead. Many other vital sectors are in a bad shape, like electricity and gas....

24th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Launched Suicide Attack at Soccer Game, Afghan Intel Claims

Bill Roggio

The accusation is made as the US has extended the combat mission in Afghanistan for one year.

24th November 2014 - Quoted by Carol Morello, Brian Murphy - The Washington Post

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for 7 Months Amid Impasse Ahead of Deadline

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday.

24th November 2014 - Cited by Ruth Sherlock - The Telegraph

Islamic State Relaxes Vetting of Foreign Jihadists in a Bid to Boost Recruits

The Islamic State in the Levant has relaxed "vetting" procedures for foreign jihadists joining the group, and expanded military training camps in a drive to build its "Caliphate", safe house operatives and defectors have told The Telegraph.


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Executive Director

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