Analysis & Commentary


22nd December 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Repressive Apparatus Gets a Raise

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

To pay for it, Rouhani will have to tax a disgruntled middle class. Luckily he’ll have well-paid Guards to quash any potential unrest.

22nd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Leader of Iranian-Backed Militia Killed in Eastern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The leader of the Mukhtar Army, who was also the secretary-general of Hezbollah in Iraq, was killed in Diyala province. Supporters of the Islamic State claimed the group is responsible for his death.

21st December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Publicize Training Camp in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban are training fighters in Faryab province and have overrun Khamyab district in Jawzjan province.

20th December 2014 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the recent release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

20th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Condemns Pakistani Taliban’s Attack on Peshawar School

Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban's attack on a Peshawar school earlier this week, calling it "un-Islamic."

20th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in Jihadist Stronghold in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military claimed it "cleared" the Datta Khel area in September 2014 as part of operation Zarb-e-Azb. The US has launched seven drone strikes in Datta Khel since then.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims 149 Attacks in Yemen Since Late September

Oren Adaki

A map of the 149 attacks claimed by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since Houthi rebels took Sana'a in late September shows the terror group's reach across 14 Yemeni provinces.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Egyptian Jihadists Thank State Department for ‘Blessing’ of Terrorist Designation

Thomas Joscelyn

Ajnad Misr says in a statement that the US is the real "terrorist" organization, and claims to be fighting a "global system" that seeks to thwart the revolution in Egypt. The group's rhetoric is similar to al Qaeda's.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Kills Islamic State Deputy Emir, 2 Senior Commanders in Recent Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

Among those killed was Abu Musallam al Turkumani, a top deputy of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Turkumani served in Saddam Hussein's military before joining the Islamic State.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Fighters Storm Nigerian Village, Kidnap Over 100 Women and Children

Laura Grossman

The terrorist group is suspected of attacking yet another village in northeastern Nigeria and kidnapping more than 100 civilians, including women and children.

19th December 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

A 24-Year-Old Executive Created An Alarming New Model For Online Jihadists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Until a week ago, the most influential English-speaking Jihadist on social media was Shami Witness, a Twitter account with 17,000 followers — a group that included scores of western analysts and journalists along with an estimated 2/3rds of all Islamist foreign fighters active on the...

19th December 2014 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May reacts to President Obama's year end news conference.

19th December 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett comments on whether Iran assisted North Korea in the cyberattack against Sony.

19th December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Uruguay Six

Thomas Joscelyn

On Sunday, December 7, a U.S. military medical aircraft landed in South America, to deliver six jihadists from the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay to Uruguay.

19th December 2014 - Cited by Stephen F. Hayes - The Weekly Standard

Nonstop Appeasement

Thomas Joscelyn

We don’t expect much. It’s been nearly six years. We’re long past the point of hoping that Barack Obama will adopt policies that deserve our grudging approval, if not enthusiastic endorsement, particularly on foreign policy and national security.

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Egyptian Jihadist Group, ex-Gitmo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added Ajnad Misr, an Egyptian jihadist group, and Ibrahim Rubaish, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists.

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Retakes Baiji After Iraqi Forces Withdraw

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces withdrew from the city yesterday just one month after retaking it from the Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

The Palestinians Are Mounting An Audacious Bid To Transform The Terms Of The Peace Process

Grant Rumley

The diplomatic struggle between Israel and the Palestinians reached a fever pitch on Wednesday as Palestinian ambassadors and their Jordanian allies pressed forward with a copy of a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council. The resolution, in addition to calling for renewed...

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.”

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Mass Grave of Islamic State’s Victims Reportedly Found in Eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A mass grave of approximately 230 Sheitaat tribesmen has been reportedly found in eastern Syria. The tribe has been battling the Islamic State since earlier this year.

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