Analysis & Commentary

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Taliban’s New Leadership is allied With Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has announced that a new emir and two deputy emirs have been chosen to lead the organization following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death.The Taliban’s new emir is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a longtime deputy to Omar.

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Branch in Syria Says it Captured US-backed Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” The statement, seen below, was released today on one of the group’s official Twitter feeds.

31st July 2015 - World Affairs Journal

Iran’s Expendable President Rouhani

Ali Alfoneh

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif celebrate their recent nuclear negotiating triumph, neither they nor their Washington-based fans should pop the Zamzam cola just yet.

31st July 2015 - The Arab Weekly

After Iran Deal, EU to Lift Sanctions on Guards’ Business Empire

Ali Alfoneh

While persuading Iranian negotiators to accept the July 14th Vienna Agreement, and per­haps in an attempt to entice Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) not to oppose the controversial nuclear deal, the European Union has decided to lift sanctions imposed on key figures in the...

31st July 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Agreement: Is a ‘Better Deal’ Possible – and At What Cost?

Mark Dubowitz

The television ads are airing across the country, from Washington to Honolulu: The Iran nuclear deal is a “bad deal,” the ad says, before concluding, “We want a better deal.” As Congress debates the complex international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in anticipation of...

30th July 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the death of Mullah Omar and its implications.

30th July 2015 - The Daily Beast

Mullah Omar’s Death Is A Big Blow To Al Qaeda—And A Win For ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has confirmed on his official Twitter account that Mullah Omar is dead. And the Taliban’s political office has apparently conceded that the initial reports, first confirmed by the Afghan government, were accurate: Omar died more than two years ago, in...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by David M. Weinberg - The Jerusalem Post

Know Comment: American-Iranian Fairy Tales

Claudia Rosett

Here is an updated scorecard of the misrepresentations advanced by the Obama administration in defense of its concordat with Iran. The list grows every day.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey is ‘Playing a Dangerous Game’ — and What Comes Next Could Make It Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Turkey went from being effectively neutral in the conflict brewing on its southern border to opening a war on two fronts against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq. And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara’s Syria policy has become....

30th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Taliban Confirms Mullah Omar is Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabihulla Mujahid, released a statement via Twitter earlier today confirming that Mullah Omar, the group’s first emir, is dead. The statement is attributed to Omar’s family and the Taliban’s shura council. A screen shot of one of his tweets concerning...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below...

30th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Seize District in Helmand Province

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran the district center and several military and police installations in Now Zad in the southern Afghan province of Helmand yesterday. The fall of Now Zad is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Afghan security forces and government, which are struggling to maintain...

30th July 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Tom Joscelyn discusses the death of Mullah Omar, ISIS, and the Gulf reactions to the Iran nuclear deal.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Will Exploit Growing Commercial Ties With West To Increase Repression

Benjamin Weinthal

Western corporations rushing to take advantage of the removal of economic sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may find themselves implicated in the regime’s repression, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned Wednesday in an...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by United State Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Corker Rejects Obama Administration’s False Choice on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration’s false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the...

30th July 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on anti-semitism and radical Islam in Europe.

30th July 2015 - National Review Online - Co-written by Saba Farzan

How the West Can Use the Iran Deal to Foster Regime Change

Benjamin Weinthal

Since the comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear-weapons program was reached, technical aspects of the agreement have been discussed, but a crucially unremarked-upon topic deserves significant attention: what the deal means for the Iranian people’s deep longing for a democratic future in...

30th July 2015 - Quoted by George Will - National Review Online

With the Iran Deal, Obama’s Contempt for Congress Is on Full Display

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of...

30th July 2015 - The Tower Magazine

Gold Rush: The Dismantling of the Sanctions Regime Against Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With most sanctions scheduled to be lifted on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal signed in Vienna by Iran with the six world powers charged with negotiating over its nuclear program will inaugurate the rapid revival of Iran’s economy.

30th July 2015 - Politico Europe

Turkish Grey Wolves Target ‘Chinese’

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing came at an awkward time. So far this month, Turkish ultranationalists have attacked two Chinese restaurants in Istanbul, assaulted Koreans (whom they mistook for Chinese) at an iconic...


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