Analysis & Commentary


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 - CNN

China No Substitute for U.S. Involvement Over Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decision by freshly minted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make his first overseas trip to China is symbolic.

28th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

28th October 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Troubling Truth About Turkey

Sheryl Saperia

Those who downplay the danger posed by terrorism often fall back on the argument that the terrorist designation is nothing more than a political instrument to attack one’s opponents or dissenters, and is therefore entirely subjective.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Uses British Hostage in Propaganda Video to Rebut Western, Kurdish Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who is being held hostage by the group. Cantlie is made to rebut Western claims about the efficacy of airstrikes in Kobane, a town that sits on the border of Syria and Turkey.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Profiles Slain Media Operative Tied to Ayman al Zawahiri’s Brother

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 20, AQAP released a biography for Mustafa Ali, an Egyptian who was killed in a US drone strike in late 2013. The group says he sought "knowledge" from Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of Ayman al Zawahiri, while imprisoned in Egypt.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Ideologue Criticizes Jihadist Leaders in Syria, Calls for Unity

Thomas Joscelyn

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms....

27th October 2014 - Fox News

Iran’s Non-Muslims Face Prison, Execution, Despite ‘Reform’ Claims, Says New UN Report

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s regime conducted a raid on an Easter service and arrested Christians, subjected Christian converts to death threats and psychological abuse and shut down licensed churches, according to a UN report that will be submitted to world leaders on Tuesday.

27th October 2014 - inFocus Quarterly

The Italian Exception: Defeating the Anti-Semites

Michael Ledeen

The headlines from Europe are all grim. Synagogues assaulted in France, Jews murdered at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and savagely beaten in the streets of Great Britain and Scandinavia, mobs of anti-Semites demonstrating in the central squares, calling for the fulfillment of the Nazi...

27th October 2014 - War on the Rocks

What Does the Recent Spate of Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks Mean?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

North American interest in lone-wolf terrorism is at an all-time high following several high-profile incidents.

26th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iraqi forces, Kurds claim success against Islamic State near Baghdad and Mosul

Bill Roggio

The Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga said their forces have driven the Islamic State from Jurf al Sahkar south of Baghdad and the town of Zumar northwest of Mosul over the weekend. The two towns have changed hands several times over the past few months.

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Training Camps Proliferate in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012.

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

3 AQAP Fighters Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US reportedly killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in a province in central Yemen where the jihadist group is battling Shia Houthi rebels who have advanced southward after taking control of the capital of Sana'a last month.

24th October 2014 - Forbes

North Korea Takes a Tip from Iran’s “Charm Offensive”?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea is engaged in a blitz of diplomatic activity, summed up by the New York Times as Pyongyang’s “Diplomatic Charm Offensive.”

23rd October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Passing of Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Another man of the cloth has perished. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani, the Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, passed away this Tuesday while hospitalized with a coma in Tehran.

23rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda’s ‘Resurgence’ Focuses on Indian Subcontinent

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence" earlier this week. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a number of themes, but it focuses on the Indian Subcontinent more than any other region.

23rd October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Sinai’s Volatility Increasingly Unites Egypt and Israel

Oren Kessler

Militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula carried out a cross-border shooting attack on Wednesday, leaving an Israeli female company commander moderately wounded and a male soldier in serious condition.

23rd October 2014 - Haaretz

U.S., Israel Have Few Options to Stop the Palestinian Diplomatic Momentum

Grant Rumley

‘Palestine 194’: The energetic global diplomatic and public relations efforts toward Palestinian state recognition that largely bypasses the U.S. and leaves Israel to protest from the sidelines.

23rd October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Book Review: Dancing With the Iranian Devil

Benjamin Weinthal

Since 1984, when Germany’s foreign minister engaged Iran in ‘critical dialogue,’ the policy of ‘change through trade’ has informed Europe’s interactions with the Middle Eastern country.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

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