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6th October 2015 - Foreign Affairs

Druze Clues

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The market for extremism has been so disrupted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and its penchant for extraordinary brutality that even a group as notorious as al Qaeda is now able to reposition—or, one might say, rebrand—itself.

5th October 2015 - Geneva Centre for Security Policy

How Are Societies Defended Against Hybrid Threats

Pasi Eronen

Hybrid threats, hybrid operations and hybrid warfare have been widely discussed among political decision makers and security policy analysts, particularly during the past couple of years.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Badakhshan Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

The Taliban’s shadow governor for Badakhshan province, Qari Fasehuddin, released an audiotape to dispel the Afghan government’s claim that he was killed in a US airstrike in late last week. Fasihuddin is the second shadow governor to deny reports that he was killed in a US airstrike...

5th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Bahrain and Iran Expel Each Other’s Diplomats

David Andrew Weinberg

Bahrain announced the withdrawal of its ambassador from Iran on Thursday and ordered Tehran’s chargé d’affaires to leave, following the discovery of a 1.5-ton cache of explosives allegedly linked to Iran and Hezbollah.

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Jihad Union Participated in Siege of Kunduz

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), which is openly loyal to the Taliban and also affiliated with al Qaeda, participated in the Taliban’s siege of Kunduz city, according to statements and photos released by the group and its supporters online. In a message posted on the IJU’s official website...

5th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Controls or Contests Scores of Districts in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

While fighting for control of the provincial capital of Kunduz, the Taliban launched a wider offensive in the Afghan north aimed at seizing control of districts in four provinces: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, and Takhar. Since Sept. 28, the Taliban has taken control of nine districts in...

5th October 2015 - The Hill

Europe Has Billions of Reasons to Let Iran Cheat

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe’s rapidly expanding economic relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran prompted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to call for a unified trans-Atlantic approach to enforcement of the nuclear deal reached in July. Yet powerful European business interests mean a robust enforcement of...

2nd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Rohani Deal With IRGC Could Torpedo Nuclear Agreement

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Ro­hani’s diplomacy and the land­mark nuclear bargain may have reduced the gaps between Teh­ran and the global powers, but the agreement is widening differ­ences between the political elites in the Islamic Republic, a develop­ment that could imperil the deal....

1st October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Shadow Governor for Kunduz Denies Reports of His Death

Bill Roggio

Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s shadow governor for the embattled Afghan province of Kunduz, has denied reports by Afghan intelligence that he was killed in a US airstrike after the city of Kunduz fell to the jihadist group on Sept. 28. Afghan soldiers have since retaken the center of...

30th September 2015 - The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in...

30th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Special Forces Engage Taliban in Fighting at Kunduz Airport

Bill Roggio

US Special Forces battled the Taliban forces that laid siege to the main airport in Kunduz city in northern Afghanistan. The fighting at the airport started on Sept. 29, just one day after the Taliban seized control of the city.

30th September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: German, Austrian Jews Worried About Anti-Semitism From Refugees

Benjamin Weinthal

The growing influx into central Europe of refugees from Muslim-majority countries with a deeply rooted culture of lethal anti-Semitism has started to jolt Jewish leaders and journalists into an examination of dangers inherent in the mass migration.

29th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Targets Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters in New Designations

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced 35 new terrorism designations today. The designations target the Islamic State’s (IS) so-called “provinces,” foreign fighter facilitation networks, and several jihadists from Western countries.

29th September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury and State Department Target Islamic State Financiers

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced this morning the terrorism designations of 15 Islamic State (IS) terrorism facilitators.

29th September 2015 - The Washington Times

Putin’s Progress

Clifford D. May

Not long after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I attended a conference in Moscow. The topic: how Russia would evolve in the post-communist era about to begin. Most participants were confident and optimistic. A few of us Americans — not so much. I pointed out that in libraries around the...

28th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Storm Kunduz City

Bill Roggio

The Taliban assaulted the northern provincial capital of Kunduz from three directions and seized control of areas in the city. Unconfirmed reports from residents and Taliban fighters inside Kunduz indicate that Afghan forces have been driven out of the city and the Taliban are in full...

28th September 2015 - Business Insider

The Palestinians Are Facing a Serious Generational Crisis

Grant Rumley

Amidst clashes between Palestinians and Israeli policemen on the al-Aqsa compound last week, protests erupted across the West Bank in support of the Haram as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, also known as the Temple Mount.

27th September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Despite Nuclear Deal, Iran Remains Dangerous for European Banks

Benjamin Weinthal

The closure by Commerzbank this month of an account belonging to supporters of Hezbollah and the Tehran regime opens a window into the challenges faced by financial institutions seeking to re-enter the Iranian market.

26th September 2015 - Forbes

We’re Losing The War, Do Something

Michael Ledeen

What will it take to get pundits and pols to stop looking at the current crisis as a random collection of national and regional issues, rather than what it is: a global war? They ought to be able to see it easily by taking a snapshot of current events in and around Syria.

26th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

US-backed Rebels Handed Over Equipment to al Qaeda in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed rebels in the so-called “New Syrian Forces” (NSF) have turned over at least some of their equipment and ammunition to a “suspected” intermediary for Al Nusrah Front, US Central Command (CENTCOM) conceded in a statement released late yesterday. The coalition-provided...


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