Analysis & Commentary


31st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Explosions at Nigerian Bus Station Kill 23, Wound Scores More

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a crowded bus station in Gombe in northeastern Nigeria.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

The ISIS ‘Mastermind’ Responsible For The Group’s Advance Through Western Iraq May Be A Figurehead

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Omar al-Shishani, the red-bearded Georgian ex-commando, is the most recognizable Islamic State leader below Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

ISIS Fliers on a Marine Corps Base?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Somebody scattered some leaflets with an ISIS flag through the town of Quantico. Odds are it’s a hoax. But base officials are still taking them “seriously.”

31st October 2014 - National Review Online

Treating Our Friends Like Enemies

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world.

31st October 2014 - FDD Press

Iranian Economy In Moderate Recovery Thanks To Sanctions Relief, New Report Finds

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their eighth joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. The study found the country in the midst of a moderate economic recovery, after bottoming out in the 2013/14...

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept., Iran Officials Meet at Pittsburgh Business Forum

Ali Alfoneh

A delegation of Iranian officials paid a quiet visit to the United States this week to meet with corporate leaders and a senior State Department representative at a business forum in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks.

30th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Arab, Haqqani Network Commanders Reported Killed in Latest Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed a "senior Arab commander" in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state....

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Palestinian Government Calls for War in Jerusalem

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian government has called on its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that will include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has sparked fears that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.

30th October 2014

Roubini Report: Out of the Red, Slowly Growing

30th October 2014 - Now Media

Selective Memory: Iran’s Role in the Marine Barracks Bombing

Tony Badran

As the US moves closer to Iran it has placed the onus of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing on Imad Mughniyeh, even though it was an Iranian operation from top to bottom.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: US Concerns with Israel Too Deep for Silence

Jonathan Schanzer

The most important lesson from recent weeks of bickering between American and Israeli officials isn't the choice of their words to insult one another, but their calculated choice to do so publicly in the first place.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Oryszcuzk - Jewish News (UK)

The Qatar Conundrum

David Andrew Weinberg

Is it right t odescribe Qatar as an enemy of Israel, or is there more to it than that? Stephen Oryszczuk looks into claims against the Gulf state.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Treasury Efforts to Squeeze Islamic State Funding Will Be Difficult

Bill Roggio, Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers....

30th October 2014 - Cited by Adam Chandler - The Atlantic

Is This How the Third Intifada Begins?

Jonathan Schanzer

On Wednesday, Barak Ravid, the diplomatic correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, made this ominous declaration via Twitter: "The 3rd Intifada is already here—If there is anybody that still doesn't get it," he wrote, referring to the possibility of another Palestinian uprising...

29th October 2014 - The Washington Times

Israel and the War of Words

Clifford D. May

Last week, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd at a light rail station, killing a three-month-old baby. Eight others were injured, including a 22-year-old woman who died a few days later.

29th October 2014 - Cited by Metin Turcan - Al-Monitor

Is NATO Membership Shackling Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s foreign policy and role in the international system have become the subject of growing debate both in local and foreign media over the past two years.

29th October 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann and Bassem Mroue - Associated Press

Analysts: IS Ignores al-Qaida’s Call to Reunite to Fight West, but Their Feud Has Tapered Off

Thomas Joscelyn

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the...

29th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Offensive in Idlib Targets Assad Regime, Fellow Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army.

29th October 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

An Iran Deal in Which Both Sides Can Claim Victory

Mark Dubowitz

Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory?

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