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24th April 2015 - NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to...

24th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran and Pakistan, A Cold Peace That Could Get Hot

Ali Alfoneh

Pakistan’s parliament has unanimously passed a resolution affirming the country’s neutrality in the Yemen conflict, rebuffing a Saudi Arabian request for fighter jets, ground troops and warships to join the Saudi-led Operation Deci­sive Storm against Houthi rebels, who are aided by...

23rd April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Triumphs in Election at Flagship West Bank University

Grant Rumley

The Hamas-dominated Islamist Bloc emerged victorious in student elections at Birzeit University near Ramallah on Wednesday, defeating the secular Fatah faction – which had won all but one student election over the last decade – by a margin of 26 to 19.

23rd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

White House Says Hostages, Including American, Killed In Counterterrorism Operation

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House released a statement today saying that two hostages held by al Qaeda were killed in a counter terrorism operation earlier this year.

23rd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Allies Launch New Offensives Against Syrian Regime

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its rebel allies have launched multiple new military offensives against the Syrian regime.

22nd April 2015 - Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Crisis in North Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Arab Spring protests of 2011 that swept through the Middle East and North Africa radically reshaped the region’s political and security environment. Longstanding regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell in a matter of weeks, though the political orders that underpinned these regimes remained...

22nd April 2015 - Al Arabiya

Understanding ‘Operation Renewal of Hope’ in Yemen

David Andrew Weinberg

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen declared the end of Operation Decisive Storm yesterday, to be replaced with Operation Renewal of Hope effective midnight. Although coalition spokesperson General Ahmed Asiri suggested on Sunday that a “next phase” of activities was imminent,...

22nd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Announces New ‘Spring Operations’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban announced today that this year’s “spring operations” will begin on April 24, and, like previous years, the main targets will be the “foreign occupiers” and “the stooge regime,” or Afghan government.

22nd April 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Berlin Pro-Hamas Palestinian Conference Sparks Outrage

Benjamin Weinthal

A pro-Palestinian conference slated to take place in Berlin on Saturday has come under attack because of its ties to Hamas and its erasure of Israel on a Middle East map.

22nd April 2015 - The Washington Times

Times That Try Congressmen’s Souls

Clifford D. May

Members of Congress are facing the test of their political lives. America’s national security is about to be imperiled. American sovereignty is about to be surrendered. The U.S. Constitution is about to be compromised.

22nd April 2015 - Business Insider

How Financial Power Can Be Used To Save Iconic Species From Extinction

Juan Zarate, Gretchen Peters

On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak. Unless poaching rates decline across Africa, the rhino and elephant will be extinct within a decade. The world has lost 97% of its tigers in the last 50 years, and the great apes are on pace to disappear...

21st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Shabaab Leaders to Designated Terrorist List

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added two senior officials in Shabaab, al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.

21st April 2015 - Politico

When Israel Helped Yemen’s Shiites

Oren Kessler

Yemen’s Houthi rebels accuse Israel of standing behind the Saudi-led military campaign launched against them in February. The charge is not unusual—blaming Israel for the Mideast’s sundry ills is a time-honored regional pastime.

21st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Army Defector Portrayed as ‘Martyr’ in Al Nusrah Front Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a video honoring a man who defected from the Lebanese Army to the jihadists’ cause before he was killed. The video, which was posted online last week, is part of Al Nusrah’s ongoing attempt to rally Sunnis to its...

21st April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Admit to Beheading Afghan Soliders “In Revenge”

Bill Roggio

The Taliban admitted that its fighters beheaded seven Afghan soldiers during clashes last week in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. The Taliban acknowledged that the beheadings are “contradictory to rules of engagement” but then justified the gruesome acts as revenge for Afghan...

20th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Claim Wanted Al Qaeda Operative Killed in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists on Twitter are claiming that a Saudi al Qaeda operative named Adel Radi Saker al Wahabi al Harbi was recently killed in Syria. The US Treasury Department designated al Harbi as a terrorist in October 2012, saying that he was “a key member of an al Qaeda network operating in...

19th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Russian Troops Kill Leader of Islamic Caucasus Emirate

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Russian security forces killed Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani, the emir of the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Caucasus Emirate, during a special operations raid in the Russian Republic of Dagestan today. Since taking command of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate (ICE) in 2014, Dagestani has supported...

18th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Promotes ‘Muhajideen Special Group,’ Training Camp

Bill Roggio

The video, titled “MSG Training,” was released on April 17 by Umar Media, the official propaganda arm of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. The footage was posted on Umar Media’s website as well as emailed to The Long War Journal by the group’s spokesman, Muhammad Khurasani....

17th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The Islamic World’s Thirty Years War

Ali Alfoneh

Even as Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries were toppling the Shah in 1979, at the core of their thinking was that their Shia revolution should not be limited to their homeland but expand to the entire Muslim world. This approach would not only secure Tehran’s dominance but would also keep...

17th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah Brigades Deploys Fighters to Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah Brigades, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, is deploying forces to the western provincial capital of Ramadi to fight off an Islamic State offensive. The Iranian-backed Shiite militia continues to promote past attacks against US forces on its official website.

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