Analysis & Commentary

1st December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Israel Holds Firm to Red Lines in Syria Despite Russian Presence

Israel reportedly carried out four airstrikes in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border last week, killing eight Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian soldiers, and wounding dozens.

1st December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims Hundreds of Military Personnel, Government Officials Defect in Nuristan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed that nearly 200 security personnel and 140 government officials defected to the jihadist group in the embattled northeastern province of Nuristan over the past week.

30th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Squadron Ambushed in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official regional branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has released a statement eulogizing a “commander” who was killed while traveling between the Libyan cities of Derna and Benghazi.

30th November 2015 - Forbes

The Iran Deal’s Slow Death

Michael Ledeen

Back when the negotiations were still under way for The Deal between Iran and the P5+1, I accurately forecast the outcome would be a “No Deal Deal.”

30th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Denies Children Serve ‘In Jihadi Ranks’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban has released a statement claiming that reports of children serving in its frontline units or its suicide brigade are “fabricated.” The Taliban issued the denial despite the fact that the group’s own propaganda has advertised armed children in its ranks.

30th November 2015 - Standpoint Magazine

The Bloody Trail

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The writing has been on the wall for so long that it has already begun to fade. The bloody trail of Islamist terrorism is the single most insidious threat to our free societies’ globalised existence.

29th November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Are France and the EU Serious About Combating Jihadism?

Benjamin Weinthal

France's Socialist President Francois Hollande declared on Friday that he will leave no stone unturned in his country’s response to Islamic State’s massacre of 130 people in Paris.

28th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

British Prime Minister Highlights Islamic State’s Threat to UK, West

Thomas Joscelyn

Britain’s police and security services have “disrupted no fewer than 7 terrorist plots to attack the UK” in the past 12 months, all of which “were either linked to” the Islamic State or “inspired” by the group’s propaganda, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron....

25th November 2015 - FDD Press

Strengthening the Verification and Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) puts Iran’s nuclear program under greater scrutiny than before and reduces the likelihood of an overt dash to the bomb for the next 10 years.

25th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Graphic Promotes the Islamic State’s Prolific Media Machine

Thomas Joscelyn

On November 23, a supporter of the Islamic State posted a graphic on Twitter that purportedly summarizes the “caliphate’s” prolific propaganda efforts over the course of the previous year, from late 2014 to late 2015.

25th November 2015 - The Washington Times

Memo to Presidential Campaign Advisers

Clifford D. May

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France – and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel – have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the...

24th November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Putin’s Belligerence Reaches a Tipping Point

Merve Tahiroglu, Patrick Megahan

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet today after it violated the country’s airspace.

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Bombs Hotel In the Sinai

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, the Islamic State’s so-called Sinai “province” attacked a hotel where a number of judges were staying as they oversaw elections. According to initial casualty reports, four people were killed.

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches Counteroffensive in Syria’s Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh coalition, which is led by jihadist groups, claims to have overrun several towns and villages in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province in the past 24 hours. Leading factions in Jaysh al Fateh, including Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, have posted a series of...

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Assault Squad Pledges Allegiance to Emir Mullah Mansour

Bill Roggio

A Taliban suicide assault team known as the Muaskar ul Fida has pledged allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. The suicide squad is likely loyal to the Haqqani Network, an al Qaeda-linked Taliban group that is backed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence...

23rd November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance.

22nd November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: How Iran Exploits ISIS to Wage Terror

Benjamin Weinthal

The intense Western effort to decimate Islamic State after the terrorist entity executed attacks in Paris has largely relegated Iranian and Hezbollah jingoism in Syria and Iraq to a secondary status.

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Hasn’t Been Neutralized

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry believes that al Qaeda’s “top leadership” has been “neutralize[d]” as “an effective force.” He made the claim while discussing the administration’s strategy, or lack thereof, for combating the Islamic State (ISIS), which is al Qaeda’s jihadist...

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

The Long War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

In many ways, the reaction to the horrific attacks in Paris has been familiar. There were the expressions of solidarity: flowers at French embassies; social media avatars changed from silly selfies to photos of the French flag snapping defiantly in the wind; buildings across the Western...

20th November 2015 - FDD Press

Monumental Fight: Countering the Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the four and a half years since the Syrian civil war began, the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) has become one of the most destabilizing actors in the Middle East.


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