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19th December 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The CIA, Post-Obama

Reuel Marc Gerecht

When the new casts out the old, an incoming administration has the opportunity to review its predecessor’s approach to the Central Intelligence Agency. When this is done, the focus is usually on the ethics of Langley and politically disturbing covert action. The Obama administration was...

9th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Array of pro-Syrian government forces advances in Aleppo

Amir Toumaj

Twelve days after launching the latest assault on Nov. 15, forces fighting on behalf of Bashar al Assad captured approximately a third of total rebel-held territory in the northern sector, positioning them to tighten the siege. These forces have been making steady gains on that front,...

8th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military bombs Mosul hospital as Iraqi troops retreat

Bill Roggio

The US military launched an airstrike against a hospital in eastern Mosul that was used as a command center by the Islamic State as Iraqi troops failed to seize the complex over the past several days. The strike highlights the difficulties ahead in retaking the city, as the Islamic State...

8th December 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Al Qaeda Assessment Off the Mark

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Throughout his two terms in office, President Barack Obama faced an array of challenges from both al Qaeda and ISIS. In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense, explained that the Obama Administration’s evaluation of al...

7th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German Chancellor Merkel’s party labels BDS antisemitic

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany's Christian Democratic Union party on Wednesday passed a resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement because the anti-Israel action is antisemitic.

7th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

British captive John Cantlie appears in new propaganda video from Mosul

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a new video featuring British journalist John Cantlie, who has been held captive since he was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

7th December 2016 - The Washington Times

Mahmoud Abbas, the winner…

Clifford D. May

One man, one vote, one time: In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. He hasn’t bothered to run for re-election since.

6th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State has claimed more than 1,000 suicide attacks thus far in 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency releases an infographic summarizing the total number of “martyrdom operations” (suicide attacks) carried out by its followers each month. The latest infographic, which was released yesterday and can be seen below, indicates that 132 suicide bombings...

6th December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Can the EU breathe a deep sigh of relief?

Benjamin Weinthal

The defeat of the far-right politician Norbert Hofer in Austria’s presidential election on Sunday conjures up the writings of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830- 1916), who quipped about her country: “Austria is a small world in which the big world holds its rehearsal.”

5th December 2016 - Forbes

Don’t Let Iran Off The Hook For Chemical/Biological Weapons

Benjamin Weinthal

The Trump administration will need to be on its toes to enforce the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement—and stop the Islamic Republic’s developing chemical and biological weapons programs.

5th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

New Islamic State spokesman seeks to rally Sunnis against Iran, West

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Furqan Media Foundation has released an audio message from the group’s new spokesman, Abu al Hassan al Muhajir. Abu Muhammad al Adnani served as the organization’s top propagandist for years until he was killed in an American airstrike in August. The Islamic State...

1st December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Turkey is on a collision course with the Syrian regime and its backers

Merve Tahiroglu, Patrick Megahan

Last Thursday an attack struck Turkish positions near the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, killing three soldiers and wounding 10. Centered between Turkish and rebel forces in the north, the Kurds in the east and west, and the Syrian regime forces in the south, al-Bab is...

1st December 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Is the next ‘Arab Spring’ implosion around the corner?

Benjamin Weinthal

The alarm bells sounding the impending youth revolt is perhaps the central takeaway from the UN’s report released Tuesday on the herculean challenges facing Arab states across the Middle East.

1st December 2016 - The Hill

Blockchain tech is our financial future — America can get ahead of it

Yaya J. Fanusie

It may not have the sexiest of titles, but the new Congressional Blockchain Caucus could not have come at a better time.

1st December 2016 - War on the Rocks

Ankara’s Turkmen House of Cards

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The Mosul operation has made the predominantly Turkmen city of Tal Afar the latest focus of Turkey and Iran’s sectarian struggle for influence in post-Islamic State Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against allowing Iran-backed Shiite militias to liberate the city....

30th November 2016 - The Washington Times

American Renewal

Clifford D. May

Slowly and perhaps even surely, Donald Trump is pulling together a team he believes can help him achieve his goals. Which are what exactly?

29th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ carried out Ohio State attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a short statement claiming that yesterday’s attack at Ohio State University was the work of its “soldier.” Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali refugee, drove his car into a crowd of people before exiting the vehicle and using a knife to...

29th November 2016 - Foreign Affairs

Egypt’s Unlikely Ardor for Trump

Oren Kessler

More than three weeks after the election, the American public remains divided over Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Six thousand miles away, however, one U.S. ally has demonstrated a far more unified response.

29th November 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

North Carolina man pleads guilty to conspiring with Islamic State recruiter

Thomas Joscelyn

Justin Nojan Sullivan, a 20-year-old man from Morganton, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges today after admitting that he had conspired online with Junaid Hussain, who was one of the Islamic State’s key digital operatives.

29th November 2016 - The Weekly Standard

The Purge of Abbas’s Adversaries Looms Over Ramallah

Grant Rumley

As Mahmoud Abbas kicks off his Fatah party's congress this week in Ramallah, all eyes will be on the possible naming of a deputy or heir apparent. Fatah congresses are supposed to happen once every five years and are a chance for the party to elect new leaders in the governing bodies.

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