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27th July 2016 - Fox News

Europe terror attacks spotlight security failings amid refugee crisis

Benjamin Weinthal

The European policy Germans call “Willkommenskultur” -- the enthusiastic embrace of refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries -- has morphed into a summer of terror.

27th July 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Latin America, the combination of weak governments, porous borders, widespread corruption, and the lack of adequate legislative tools to combat terror finance creates an ideal environment for transnational organized crime.

27th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The dark dilemma of modern globalism

Clifford D. May

“Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.” That line from Donald Trump’s long and emphatic speech to the Republican National Convention last Thursday jumped out at me. I think I know what he meant: that he prioritizes America’s national interests above those of the wider world....

26th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Attacks in France and Germany claimed by Islamic State propaganda arm

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for two attacks in Europe. The first was a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany on July 24. More than one dozen people were injured, some of them seriously, when a bomber self-detonated outside of a music festival.

26th July 2016 - PJ Media

Who’s Hillary’s Hacker And Why?

Michael Ledeen

The Twitter crowd has devoted a lot of bandwith to the theory that the Wikileaks dump on the DNC is a Russian operation.

26th July 2016 - Foreign Affairs

The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This month, Europe has again been rocked by a series of shocking terrorist attacks perpetrated by lone individuals and claimed in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS).

25th July 2016 - The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives.

25th July 2016 - The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold...

23rd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims suicide bombings at Kabul protest

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State claimed credit for a double suicide attack today in Kabul that killed more than 60 people, wounded at least 200 more and caused much of the city to be shut down.

22nd July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Where U.S. Sees Crisis in Turkey, Iran Sees Opportunity

Amir Toumaj

Iran was the first government to fully back Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during Friday’s abortive coup attempt.

22nd July 2016 - The Hill

By blocking UN vote, Egypt sticks finger in Turkey’s eye

Oren Kessler

Egypt blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution this past Saturday that would have expressed support for Turkey's government after the coup attempt launched against it the day before. Cairo's move is the latest, but most brazen indication yet that it has little intention of...

22nd July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Is the BDS movement facing economic warfare?

Benjamin Weinthal

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is staring down the barrel of economic warfare with financial assaults on BDS, replicating in many ways the sanctions architecture imposed on Iran to compel a change in its behavior over its illicit nuclear weapons program.

22nd July 2016 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

Despite Coup Failure, Turkish Democracy Still at Risk

Aykan Erdemir

One week after the failed military coup took place in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken significant steps to consolidate his power, firing thousands of government employees from many different sectors.

22nd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Presence of French special forces in Libya sets off controversy

Thomas Joscelyn

A helicopter carrying three French soldiers crashed near Benghazi, Libya earlier this week. The French government subsequently confirmed that all three soldiers, along with their Libyan counterparts, were killed. The circumstances surrounding the crash remain murky, but jihadists and...

21st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes district in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of the district of Qala-i-Zal in Kunduz province after an operation the put Afghan forces under siege, Afghan officials and the Taliban confirmed. The district is the latest to fall under Taliban control.

21st July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month-long nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday after back-to-back, hours-long meetings with the National Security Council and Cabinet.

21st July 2016 - The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse.

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.”

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo ‘poet’ and committed jihadist denounces Islamic State for attacks on civilians

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who defected from the Taliban in 2014 and joined the Islamic State denounced the group and called the emir of Khorasan province “illiterate” for conducting acts of wanton violence against civilians in Afghanistan.

20th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Latest Test Shows It Is Doubling Down on Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran reportedly tried to test yet another ballistic missile last week – the latest in a series of tests dating back to October. Despite the launch’s failure, it succeeded in a larger goal: continuing Tehran’s experimentation with delivery vehicles that could be topped with a nuclear...

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