Analysis & Commentary

20th October 2014 - Cited by Patrick Brennan - National Review Online

Of Course U.S. Humanitarian Aid Is Making Its Way to ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

A noticeable share of the humanitarian aid that the U.S. and other Western countries are sending to Syria is being skimmed or intercepted by the Islamic State, Jamie Dettmer of the Daily Beast reports from Turkey.

20th October 2014 - The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot.

20th October 2014 - inFocus Quarterly

Non-Islamic Anti-Semitism in Europe

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN — The wave of modern anti-Semitism across Europe in July and August revealed a dangerous amalgamation of left-wing, Islamic-animated, and right-wing extremist Jew-hatred.

20th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Are EU Sanctions Against Iran Beginning to Evaporate?

Benjamin Weinthal

The first Europe-Iran Forum, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday in London, stated its goal as “preparing post-sanctions investment and trade.”

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims Captured Haqqani Leaders Visited ex-Gitmo Detainees in Qatar

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban claims that two recently captured Haqqani operatives had recently met with members of the "Taliban Five" in Qatar. The Taliban Five is a group of senior Taliban leaders who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan.

19th October 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

19th October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Chasing a Bad Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Reporting on the “P5+1″ talks over the last month or so suggests the administration is trying one gambit after another in a desperate attempt to strike a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, which was extended from July 20.

18th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Discord Dissolves Pakistani Taliban Coalition

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year.

17th October 2014 - Cited by Fatih Altayli - Today's Zaman

Would Turkey Be Booted From NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

One needs to read what is written on Turkey by foreign sources in order to better understand in which direction the country is drifting and how Turkey's position is perceived internationally.

17th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Portrays US-Led Bombing Campaign as ‘Crusade’ Against Islam

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement once again calling on jihadists in Syria to unite against their common enemies, especially the US. AQAP and other jihadists are portraying the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria as part of a "Crusade" against Muslims....

17th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ceasefire Announced Between Nigerian Government & Boko Haram

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram and the government of Nigeria announced an agreement which includes the possible return of the girls kidnapped in April from their school in Chibok.

17th October 2014 - PJ Media

The Iraqi WMDs and Other Disgraces

Michael Ledeen

We are beginning to learn that the Bush administration declined to talk about the discovery of thousands of WMDs in Iraq.

16th October 2014 - Rudaw

Inside America

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu participates in a panel on Turkey-US relations.

16th October 2014 - AM 560 - Chicago, IL

John Howell and Amy Jacobson

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on US missteps during the Iran nuclear talks.

16th October 2014 - Quoted by Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

Let’s Count the Ways: See How Islamic State Fighters Violate Muslim Law

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State is increasingly struggling to justify its sanctioning of slavery, extortion, smuggling and murder against scholars and religious leaders who say the extremist group’s Mafia-style tactics can’t be reconciled with Muslim law.

16th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP, Houthis Clash in Central Yemen

Oren Adaki

On Oct. 15, AQAP fighters checked the Houthi advance in Bayda province and seized the al Adayn directorate in Ibb following the fall of Ibb city at the hands of the Shi'ite rebels.

16th October 2014 - CBC

Power & Politics

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May comments on the Islamic State's continued advance.

16th October 2014 - Quoted by Alan Rappeport - The New York Times

New! Improved! U.S. Campaign in Syria Finally Gets a Brand Name

Jonathan Schanzer

It lacks the ferocity of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq or the idealism of Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.

16th October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

What Happened to the ‘Sensitive Information’ Stolen in Benghazi?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Justice Department has released a new, superseding indictment in the government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held by the U.S. in connection with the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.


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