Analysis & Commentary

24th October 2016 - The Hill

Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration thinks Iran's influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat.

22nd October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

The Hezbollah Threat: From the Marine Barracks Bombing to Today

Toby Dershowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Sunday marks the 33rd anniversary of the most deadly state-sponsored terrorist attack against American citizens prior to September 11, 2001. On October 23, 1983, Hezbollah killed 241 American and 58 French peacekeepers, along with six civilians, in a terrorist attack on the buildings in...

21st October 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Truth About Egypt’s Revolution

Oren Kessler

The usual account of Egypt’s revolution goes like this: In February 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of protests led by the tweeting revolutionaries of Tahrir Square, ending his nearly 30-year presidency.

21st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban threatens another provincial capital in Afghan north

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has surrounded yet another provincial capital in Afghanistan and recently launched an attempt to overrun it.

21st October 2016 - The Long War Journal

US has launched more than 300 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has launched 330 airstrikes against the Islamic State in Sirte, Libya since Aug. 1, according to data released by US Africa Command.

19th October 2016 - PJ Media

We’re Losing the War and We’re Paying for It

Michael Ledeen

When the No Deal Deal was made with Iran, I said it was easy to understand: the Iranians would promise to be good, and we would pay for it. In the event, I was only half right. We are indeed paying for it, but the Iranians haven’t even pretended to be good.

19th October 2016 - Commentary Magazine

Rizvi’s Reformation

Oren Kessler

The Atheist Muslim opens with snow in Saudi Arabia. The author, Ali Rizvi, is in fifth grade at the American school in Riyadh, where students are folding glittery snowflakes out of construction paper to decorate the halls for winter.

19th October 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The German Left’s Undeclared War on Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The historian Jeffrey Herf's profound new book shows that German-animated left-wing terrorism targeting Israel was not a tactic but rather part of a long-war strategy to destroy the Jewish state. Academic study and journalism on the now-defunct East German Communist state and radical West...

19th October 2016 - The Washington Times

The president should not tie his successor’s hands

Clifford D. May

You’re probably familiar with the old story about the inebriated guy looking for his wallet at night under a streetlight — not because that’s where he dropped it but because what would be the point of poking around in the dark? This, in essence, has been the American approach to...

18th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

A ‘lasting defeat’ of the Islamic State will be elusive

Bill Roggio

As the Iraqi government and Coalition forces launched the offensive to retake Mosul, the US military has optimistically said that the campaign will deal a “lasting defeat” to the Islamic State. But, if the recent history of the fight against jihadist groups in the Middle East, Africa,...

18th October 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Europeans ignoring antisemitism at their peril, says EU human rights commissioner

Benjamin Weinthal

The Council of Europe's comissioner for human rights Nils Muižnieks delivered an urgent call on Tuesday for the EU to fight antisemitism seriously and remember the Holocaust with a view toward informing the present.

17th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces

Thomas Joscelyn

Dabiq, a town in northern Syria that has been central to the Islamic State’s apocalyptic messaging, has fallen to rebel groups backed by Turkey.

17th October 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

In the long term, China is not alliance material for Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel's leaders are not particularly fond of multilateral initiatives. The ones coming out of the United Nations are notorious for one-sided measures that single out Israel, and even those that articulate a vision for Middle East peace usually call for Israeli unilateral territorial...

16th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

The siege of Mosul begins

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Iraqi forces, backed by Kurdish, Sunni, and Shiite militias as well as US airpower, have launched their long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul, the last major city in Iraq under the Islamic State’s control.

15th October 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Fire German teacher who glorifies Palestinian violence, say critics

Benjamin Weinthal

A German public school teacher and leading BDS activist praised a Facebook photo of a Palestinian using a slingshot to apparently hurl stones at Israelis, prompting calls on Friday and Saturday for his immediate removal from the classroom in the city of Oldenburg, in the state of Lower...

15th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Reading Tehran’s security establishment on the strike in Sanaa

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A Saudi-led military coalition against Yemen’s Ansar-Allah (also known as the Houthis) recently bombed a funeral hall in Sanaa.

14th October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Exporting Iran’s Revolution to Space

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Tyler Stapleton

Iran is seeking cooperation with NASA, the head of Tehran’s space agency said last week. “We are interested in having cooperation,” he said, adding, “When you are in orbit, there is no country and race.”

14th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Tuareg leader honored in eulogy attributed to Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 9, a statement attributed to Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the elusive al Qaeda veteran who has been reportedly killed multiple times, was distributed online.

14th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Russian influence evident in Palestinian militia in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Senior commanders in the Sunni Palestinian Quds Brigade, known as the Liwa al Quds or the Syrian Arab Army Fedayeen, have been photographed receiving medals from Russian military officers for battlefield action.

14th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

Tehran deploys warships to Red Sea as tension escalates in Yemen

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran’s conventional Navy, known by its Persian acronym NEDAJA, reportedly deployed two vessels to international waters surrounding Yemen yesterday.


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