Analysis & Commentary

17th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s General Manager Threatens America in Video of Large Gathering

Thomas Joscelyn

A video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in late March has garnered renewed attention in the media. The video...

17th April 2014 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses the crisis in Ukraine and Putin's willingness to use force while the West is not.

17th April 2014 - Forbes

North Korea’s Nuclear Fallout

Claudia Rosett

For a rogue state under international sanctions, what is the penalty for threatening to carry out an illicit nuclear test? As North Korea is demonstrating, and Iran...

16th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

2 Australian Nationals Killed in Yemen in November Drone Strike

Oren Adaki, Bill Roggio

Media outlets in Australia and New Zealand today reported that two Australian nationals, including one who was a New Zealand citizen as...

16th April 2014 - AM 560 - Chicago

Big John & Amy

Boris Zilberman

The crisis in Ukraine.

16th April 2014 - The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses a recent video by al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula which may indicate the organization's resurgence.

15th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Trial of Jihadist Cleric Expected to Highlight Ex-Guantanamo Detainee’s al Qaeda Role

Thomas Joscelyn

The trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known as Abu Hamza al Masri, began this week in New York with jury selection. Abu Hamza...

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Today's Zaman

Dubai May Be a Hub for Turkey and Iran’s Illicit Transactions

Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington-based think tank, has claimed in a policy brief issued on Monday that Dubai may have turned into...

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Glen Johnson, Al Jazeera

Syria’s Conflict Raises Turkey Tension

Jonathan Schanzer

Men sit playing cards in a cafe perched beside the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The craggy peak of Mount Aqraa stretches away in the distance.

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

A Nigerian Terrorist Group Just Kidnapped 100 Girls to Keep Them From Going to School

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, one of the world's most dangerous Islamist groups, just abducted 100 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Why would...

15th April 2014 - The Daily Beast

One Year On: Mystery Still Shrouds Boston Bombers

Thomas Joscelyn

One year ago today, two backpack bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three people. More than 260 others were wounded or maimed. In the...

15th April 2014 - Channel NewsAsia


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Boston Marathon bombing, one year later.

15th April 2014 - The Washington Times

Academic Dishonors

Clifford D. May

Remember when colleges prided themselves on the diligence and depth of their research? Frederick Lawrence, president of Brandeis University, apparently does not.

14th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Official Explains al Qaeda’s Strategy, Conflict with Former Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, a high-ranking sharia official in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has released a video...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Anna Yukhananov and Warren Strobel, Reuters

After Success on Iran, U.S. Treasury’s Sanctions Team Faces New Challenges

Mark Dubowitz

This is what the modern American war room looks like: the clocks on the wall show the times in Kabul, Tehran and Bogota. The faces around the conference...

14th April 2014 - Syndicated

Nothing But Truth

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Providing military assistance to the Syrian rebels and Ukraine.

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Aaron T. Rose, Daily News - Egypt

Cairo Court Officially Rules Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis a Terrorist Organisation

David Barnett

On Monday the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis a terrorist organisation, compelling the Egyptian...

14th April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Dubai: A Hub for Illicit Transactions for Iran and Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey was rocked by a report last month, leaked by the Istanbul Prosecutor’s office, detailing the alleged illicit financial activities of Iranian businessman Rezza...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone. The New York Times

Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief

Mark Dubowitz

Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Michael Weiss, NOW Media

Renewed Talks

David Andrew Weinberg

It was inevitable that US policy toward Syria and Iran would have a discernible knock-on effect in the Gulf Arab states. Whatever truth there is to the argument that the...


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