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28th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

Olli Heinonen

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the international community limits Tehran’s heavy water inventory to no more than 130 metric tons for the current Arak reactor before reconfiguration to a smaller capacity.

28th April 2016 - War on the Rocks

How the Islamic State’s Propaganda Feeds Into Its Global Expansion Efforts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Even before the dramatic blitzkrieg the Islamic State launched through northern Iraq in June 2014, the group had been focused on expanding its presence beyond Syria and Iraq. The group has by now declared wilayats (provinces) in West Africa (Wilayat Ifriqiyah, the organization formerly known...

28th April 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Israeli envoy slams Austria’s hosting of Palestinian hijacker terrorist

Benjamin Weinthal

The Austrian government and organizations that enabled a Palestinian terrorist to hold an April talk in Vienna faced a firestorm of criticism from Israel’s ambassador and the local Jewish community.

28th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-linked cleric leads new recruiting campaign for jihadists in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini, one of the most influential jihadist ideologues in Syria, has launched a new recruiting campaign that aims to indoctrinate thousands of young men. The mobilization effort, named “Take Up Arms, Do Not Sit Still,” began online and throughout Syria on...

27th April 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: French government indicates giant bank violates anti-BDS law

Benjamin Weinthal

The French embassy in Israel announced that an account held by Campaign BDS France with Credit Mutuel bank appears to violate the law.

27th April 2016 - Tablet Magazine

Why Bashar al-Assad, the ‘Teflon Don’ of the Middle East, Can’t Be Touched

Tony Badran

John Gotti may have once held the title, but the late Gambino crime family boss had nothing on the “Teflon Don” of the Middle East, Bashar Assad. Had Gotti lived to see it, he would be astounded by how easily the two-bit head of a Syrian crime family is getting away with mass murder....

27th April 2016 - The National Interest

Hezbollah: Iran’s Henchmen in Brazil

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Across Latin America, Iran’s public face appears innocuous: mosques, cultural centers, schools, halal meat inspectors, religious literature, social work and even Boy Scout groups. Yet beneath the veneer of piety, outreach and interfaith dialogue, Tehran leverages connections with...

27th April 2016 - Jamestown Foundation

Recent Attacks Illuminate the Islamic State’s Europe Attack Network

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent major terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels represent a watershed moment not just for the Islamic State (IS), but for the entire jihadist movement.

27th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military searches for Kabul Attack Network members

Bill Roggio

The US military made an unusual public plea for information yesterday in its hunt for eight members of a terrorist network which is plotting attacks in four provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The organization, known as the Kabul Attack Network, is comprised of fighters from various jihadist...

27th April 2016 - The Washington Times

The Mr. Rogers Doctrine

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a...

26th April 2016 - MilitaryEdge.org

The Saudi-Led Coalition Is Not Ready To Fight The Islamic State

Patrick Megahan

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf...

26th April 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German Pastor declares himself an anti-Semite

Benjamin Weinthal

A pastor for the Lutheran Church in Bremen, Germany who boasted that he is an anti-Semite has prompted the Simon Wiesenthal Center to call for his dismissal.

26th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent targets LGBT activist, friend in Bangladesh

Thomas Joscelyn

A team of several jihadists killed a LGBT activist, Xulhaz Mannan, and his friend in Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka yesterday. The men were reportedly hacked to death with machetes.

26th April 2016 - The National Interest

Obama is Right: The Gulf Arabs Ride Free on Terrorism

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama missed the last real opportunity of his administration to urge the Arab Gulf monarchies to finally adopt a no-tolerance rule toward all terrorist groups and to end the inexcusable impunity of terror financiers in their territory. Rather than calling out how certain Gulf...

25th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Arab coalition enters AQAP stronghold in port city of Mukalla, Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has entered the southern Yemeni port city of Mukalla, which has been a major hub of operations for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) since early April 2015. Airstrikes helped pave the way for ground forces from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the...

25th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State highlights ‘first camp of the Caliphate in Somalia’

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State touted a small training camp and announced its first attack in Somalia as part of the its push establish a presence in the country.

25th April 2016 - Foreign Policy

It’s the Proliferation, Stupid

John Hannah

As the world prepares for a possible fifth nuclear weapons test by North Korea (and second since January), here’s something worth keeping in mind: The greatest threat we face from Kim Jong Un is probably not a suicidal attack against the United States or our allies in Northeast Asia with...

24th April 2016 - The Washington Times

The miniaturization myth

James Woolsey

On March 9, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, a paranoid psychopath, displayed a nuclear missile warhead he threatens to launch against the United States and its allies.

23rd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State gains ground from al Qaeda in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp

Thomas Joscelyn

The Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital of Damascus has witnessed fierce battles between the Islamic State and Al Nusrah Front in recent weeks. Multiple reports say the Islamic State has been gaining ground from Al Nusrah, which is an official branch of al Qaeda’s international...

22nd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban touts Bergdahl swap as key ‘achievement’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban says the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders in 2014 was a major “achievement” in its war against the West and its allies. The claim was made in a lengthy video released on the Taliban’s official website, Voice of Jihad, earlier this month.

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