Analysis & Commentary


20th October 2014 - The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot.

20th October 2014 - inFocus Quarterly

Non-Islamic Anti-Semitism in Europe

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN — The wave of modern anti-Semitism across Europe in July and August revealed a dangerous amalgamation of left-wing, Islamic-animated, and right-wing extremist Jew-hatred.

20th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Are EU Sanctions Against Iran Beginning to Evaporate?

Benjamin Weinthal

The first Europe-Iran Forum, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday in London, stated its goal as “preparing post-sanctions investment and trade.”

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Claims Captured Haqqani Leaders Visited ex-Gitmo Detainees in Qatar

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban claims that two recently captured Haqqani operatives had recently met with members of the "Taliban Five" in Qatar. The Taliban Five is a group of senior Taliban leaders who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year.

19th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in US Airstrike in Eastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Abu Bara al Kuwaiti is a member of al Qaeda's General Command and was mentored by Atiyah Allah. The US killed Abu Bara in Nangarhar province, yet another indicator that al Qaeda is not confined to Kunar and Nuristan.

18th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Discord Dissolves Pakistani Taliban Coalition

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban announced that he and five other leaders had defected to the Islamic State this week. The bulk of the organization had already broken off earlier this year.

17th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Portrays US-Led Bombing Campaign as ‘Crusade’ Against Islam

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement once again calling on jihadists in Syria to unite against their common enemies, especially the US. AQAP and other jihadists are portraying the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria as part of a "Crusade" against Muslims....

17th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ceasefire Announced Between Nigerian Government & Boko Haram

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram and the government of Nigeria announced an agreement which includes the possible return of the girls kidnapped in April from their school in Chibok.

17th October 2014 - PJ Media

The Iraqi WMDs and Other Disgraces

Michael Ledeen

We are beginning to learn that the Bush administration declined to talk about the discovery of thousands of WMDs in Iraq.

16th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP, Houthis Clash in Central Yemen

Oren Adaki

On Oct. 15, AQAP fighters checked the Houthi advance in Bayda province and seized the al Adayn directorate in Ibb following the fall of Ibb city at the hands of the Shi'ite rebels.

16th October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

What Happened to the ‘Sensitive Information’ Stolen in Benghazi?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Justice Department has released a new, superseding indictment in the government’s case against Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the only suspect held by the U.S. in connection with the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

16th October 2014 - Now Media

Iran’s Aggressive Information Campaign

Tony Badran

The Islamic Republic of Iran is managing an aggressive information campaign capitalizing on President Obama’s war against the Islamic State group (ISIS).

16th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Photos Highlight Group’s Grip on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State has released two separate photo collections detailing its presence in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar. More than half of Ramadi is said to be under the control of Islamic State.

15th October 2014 - The Montreal Gazette

Canada Should Think Twice Before Re-Engaging With Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Sheryl Saperia

In a recent op-ed, Sergio Marchi and Ken Lewis assert that Canadian government and industry should be preparing to re-engage with Iran. Iran’s economic landscape, they suggest, requires significant foreign investment, and Canada should oblige (“Iran wants to re-engage, Canada should...

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda External Operations Leader Reported Killed

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, who is also known as Abdulrahman al Sharqi, is a senior leader in the al Qaeda council assigned to attack the West and a specially designated global terrorist. Jihadists on Twitter have reported that he was killed, but his death has not been confirmed....

15th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-China-Russia Triangle

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wave of U.S. and EU financial sanctions aimed at Russia following its annexation of Crimea in the summer of 2014 have brought Russia and Iran closer. However, Russia is not the only economy that Iran is sounding out for closer ties.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Veteran Jihadist Turned Senior AQIS Official

Thomas Joscelyn

Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior official in al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month. After 9/11, Imran founded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen al-Almi (HUMA), an al Qaeda-linked group thought to be responsible for an attack on the US Consulate...

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Houthi Rebels Seize Hodeidah and Dhamar

Oren Adaki

Houthi rebels seized the strategic port city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast as well as the central Yemeni city of Dhamar on Oct. 14.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills AQAP Commander in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike in Shabwa reportedly killed an AQAP military commander.

15th October 2014 - War on the Rocks

The Fight Goes on in Anbar: ISIL vs the World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past week, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been able to build on its previous gains in Iraq’s Anbar province.

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