Analysis & Commentary

27th May 2015 - The Washington Times

The Longest Hatred

Clifford D. May

Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era.

26th May 2015 - PJ Media

US Hostage on Trial in Tehran

Michael Ledeen

To its credit, the Washington Post continues to denounce the Iranian regime’s detention of its Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and we now learn that the Rezaian family is taking legal action in Iranian courts to gain his freedom. That’s not likely to help Rezaian; after all,...

26th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Defeating the Islamic State’s Suicide Drivers

Patrick Megahan

The Pentagon announced last week that it will deliver 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to help Iraqi forces combat the Islamic State (IS), after the jihadist group seized Ramadi, the strategically important Anbar province capital. While not a sophisticated or expensive weapon, the AT-4 could...

25th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Taliban Shadow Governor Appears in New Propaganda Video Depicting Recent Combat in Badakhshan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban released a new propaganda video in late May depicting a recent series of attacks against Afghan security forces in the rugged and remote northeastern province of Badakhshan. The video, which is over an hour long, contains an interview with Qari Fasehuddin, the Taliban shadow...

24th May 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Iran’s Failure to Protect Religious Minorities Doesn’t Bode Well For Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure has been marked by intensified persecution and incarceration of Baha’is, Jews, Christians and Sunni Muslims, according to a new report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

23rd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Taliban Mourned Senior Al Qaeda Leader as US Attempted Negotiations

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Newly-released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound reveal that the Taliban expressed its condolences to al Qaeda for the death of one of its top leaders who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in May 2010. The letter of sympathy and unity was issued during the same...

22nd May 2015 - The Long War Journal

2 French Suicide Bombers Used in Islamic State Assault on Haditha

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State used two French suicide bombers in today’s coordinated assault on the western Iraqi town of Haditha. One of the bombers has been featured in the past in an Islamic State propaganda film calling for more French recruits.

22nd May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Afghanistan: The Next Battlefield?

Ali Alfoneh

“We will maintain a presence in Af­ghanistan, even after the end of our current mis­sion,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced. The Atlantic alliance, he said, will have a “light footprint,” with “a military component”.

21st May 2015 - The National Review

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Was a Zionist

Benjamin Weinthal

This week, May 19 to be exact, marks the 80th anniversary of the death of T. E. Lawrence — generally known as Lawrence of Arabia — who played a crucial role as a British officer in defeating the Ottoman Empire in the heartland of the Islamic world. While widely recognized as a champion...

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Seizes Syrian City of Palmyra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State captured the central Syrian city of Palmyra, routing Syrian Arab Army forces and killing and capturing hundreds of soldiers. The jihadist group is now estimated to control half of Syria.

21st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Coalition Airstrikes Kill 14 Al Nusrah Front Members

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a series of photos purportedly showing the aftermath of coalition airstrikes in Syria. The group claims that 14 members were killed. The photos can be seen below.

21st May 2015 - The New York Post

Call it ‘Fail Jazeera’ — Why The Network is Imploding

Oren Kessler , David Andrew Weinberg

For Al Jazeera, May is the cruelest month. In just the past four weeks, two ex-employees have filed separate lawsuits totaling some $100 million, three executives have resigned from its New York-based American channel and plans for a Turkish version have been scrapped.

21st May 2015 - Forbes

North Korea’s Takeaway From The Iran Nuclear Talks

Claudia Rosett

In defense of the Iran nuclear talks, Obama administration officials have made a number of unlikely claims, including the repeated proposition that under the current Tehran regime Iran’s nuclear program could be transformed into something “exclusively peaceful.” But one of the most...

21st May 2015 - The National Interest

Egypt’s Religious Freedom Farce

Oren Kessler

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt presents himself as an Islamic reformer. He has challenged the sheikhs of Al-Azhar University—Sunni Islam’s preeminent religious institution—to promote moderation, and took the bold step (by Egyptian standards) of wishing worshippers a merry...

20th May 2015 - Forbes

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue?

Michael Ledeen

Experts most everywhere agree that the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is a disaster. It solidifies IS control over a major east-west route from Ramadi (75-100 miles from Baghdad) to deep into Syria. American military and intelligence officials know all about this route, since anti-American...

20th May 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Case for Expanding Canada’s Sanctions Against Iran

Sheryl Saperia

In a desperate attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration has forfeited many of its core demands. The framework announced last month in Lausanne, Switzerland, abandons UN Security Council resolutions calling for Iran to halt its enrichment activities and is...

20th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Nearly All of Osama Bin Laden’s Files Should Be Released

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a set of files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound. The public release of the files is step towards transparency. However, the files released today are a tiny fraction of the total cache recovered in...

20th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State, Shiite Militias Square Off East of Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State, flush with the success of overrunning Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi over the weekend, is advancing eastward in an effort to consolidate its gains and take full control of the Ramadi-Fallujah corridor.

20th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

New Hezbollah Legislation In A New Sanctions Environment

Tony Badran

The House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 2297, the “Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015,” tightening sanctions on the Iranian-sponsored terrorist group.

20th May 2015 - The National Interest

Who Really Controls Iran’s Economy?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The looming nuclear deal will soon unshackle Iran’s economy from the burden of Western sanctions. Who stands to benefit from this opening?


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