Analysis & Commentary


27th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias signal readiness to enter Fallujah

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the leader of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades) and also the umbrella Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), said that the second phase of the Fallujah operation will be launched “within a few hours.”

27th May 2016 - The Weekly Standard

A Historian Turns 100

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Twenty years ago, Bernard Lewis and I were walking along the Thames. We’d just seen a dreary English take on naughty French theater, which provoked remembrances of Paris in the 1930s when Lewis was a student of Louis Massignon, the great Catholic orientalist born in 1883, 33 years before...

26th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Self-described anti-Semitic German pastor resigns from interfaith position

Benjamin Weinthal

A culmination of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents has resulted in the resignation of the Protestant Church’s representative for dialogue with religious communities in the city of Bremen.

26th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was...

26th May 2016 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has no jurisdiction over foreign banks engaging with Iran in US dollars, but will continue to bar the country from directly accessing the American financial system, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday.

26th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US lists 2 Pakistani jihadist groups as global terror organizations

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ) and the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) have now been sanctioned, meaning Americans “are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with” the jihadist organizations.

26th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts at Senate Hearing: White House Must Increase Pressure on Iran to Stop its Malign Behavior

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions and national security experts urged the United States to reject Iran’s demands for further economic concessions and ramp up pressure on Tehran in response to its regional aggression during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.

26th May 2016 - Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud.

26th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

No Iranians Sanctioned for Human Rights Abuses Since Nuke Deal, Senior U.S. Official Admits

Benjamin Weinthal

The United States has not sanctioned any Iranians for human rights abuses since last year’s nuclear deal with Iran was signed, a senior Obama administration official told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that US is letting in ‘tens of thousands’ of terrorists now

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Donald Trump has advocated for a "temporary" ban on Muslims coming into the United States to prevent any terrorists from crossing the border. But are there already tens of thousands of terrorists coming into the country now? That’s what he claimed in an interview with Fox News’ Bill...

25th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

A Hardliner’s Hardliner Wins Assembly of Experts Chair

Amir Toumaj

The Assembly of Experts, the body charged with choosing Iran’s supreme leader, selected one of the Islamic Republic’s most hardline, anti-Western clerics as chairman on Tuesday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, 89, has a reputation for blistering denunciations of America, of Iranian reformists,...

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Smith - The Christian Post

Sending Weapons to ‘Christian Militias’ in ISIS War in Iraq Is ‘Bad Idea,’ Chaldean Patriarch Warns

Bill Roggio

As United States lawmakers weigh legislation that would commit U.S. support to Christian militias in Iraq and Syria, the Primate of the Chaldean Church warns that arming Christian militias fighting against the Islamic State is a "bad idea."

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Do the opposite of what the Obama administration wants on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been wrong again and again on Iran. It has overestimated Iran’s desire to be a normal country in the “international community” and underestimated its determination to continue on its course of domestic repression, regional aggression and defiance of...

25th May 2016 - Catherine Herridge, Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

Obama admin set to transfer up to 24 more detainees from Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration is preparing to transfer up to 24 additional detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp this summer, Fox News has learned.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Ankit Panda - The Diplomat

Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Death

Bill Roggio

Four days after the United States announced it had killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Taliban, the group has announced a new leader.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Dockins - Voice of America

US Lawmakers Ask: Is White House Catering to Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Nearly a year after world powers announced the historic Iran nuclear deal, and four months after the agreement was implemented, U.S. lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the deal and its broader implications.

25th May 2016 - NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah doesn’t want a President – Because it doesn’t want a Lebanese Republic

David Daoud

Hezbollah appears to have switched loyalties in Lebanon’s never-ending presidential race. Despite maintaining long-standing support for the candidacy of the pro-Syrian former general Michel Aoun, the Shiite movement is reportedly now backing his rival for the post, Sleiman Frangieh.

25th May 2016 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

Who Is the New Taliban Leader?

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s new leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, is being described as a “hardline religious scholar” who issues most of the group’s fatwas, as well as “well-educated and respected,” with at least one regional expert saying his appointment “will not fully appease all factions...

25th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban name Mullah Haibatullah as new emir

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban appointed Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s top judicial officer, as its new emir after confirming Mullah Mansour was killed by the US. Siraj Haqqani, the Taliban’s military commander, remains one of the Taliban’s top two deputies, and Mullah Mohammad...

25th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Baluchistan province is a primary hub for Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The American airstrike in Baluchistan, Pakistan that targeted and killed Taliban emir Mullah Mansour was unprecedented as the US military and CIA have not launched an attack in the province since the drone program began in 2004.

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