Analysis & Commentary


24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Training Camps Proliferate in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

More than 30 training camps have been established by the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and allied jihadist groups in both Iraq and Syria since 2012.

24th October 2014 - Forbes

North Korea Takes a Tip from Iran’s “Charm Offensive”?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea is engaged in a blitz of diplomatic activity, summed up by the New York Times as Pyongyang’s “Diplomatic Charm Offensive.”

23rd October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Passing of Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Another man of the cloth has perished. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani, the Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, passed away this Tuesday while hospitalized with a coma in Tehran.

23rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Qaeda’s ‘Resurgence’ Focuses on Indian Subcontinent

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence" earlier this week. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a number of themes, but it focuses on the Indian Subcontinent more than any other region.

23rd October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Sinai’s Volatility Increasingly Unites Egypt and Israel

Oren Kessler

Militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula carried out a cross-border shooting attack on Wednesday, leaving an Israeli female company commander moderately wounded and a male soldier in serious condition.

23rd October 2014 - Haaretz

U.S., Israel Have Few Options to Stop the Palestinian Diplomatic Momentum

Grant Rumley

‘Palestine 194’: The energetic global diplomatic and public relations efforts toward Palestinian state recognition that largely bypasses the U.S. and leaves Israel to protest from the sidelines.

23rd October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Book Review: Dancing With the Iranian Devil

Benjamin Weinthal

Since 1984, when Germany’s foreign minister engaged Iran in ‘critical dialogue,’ the policy of ‘change through trade’ has informed Europe’s interactions with the Middle Eastern country.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

23rd October 2014 - The National Interest

The Long Shadow of the Iran-Iraq War

Behnam Ben Taleblu

"No single event has defined Iran’s revolutionary ideology, politics, perspectives on society, and security more than the Iran-Iraq War."

22nd October 2014 - The Washington Times

“Homeland” Under Attack

Clifford D. May

Are the cast, crew and fans of “Homeland” -- Showtime’s television series about a brilliant but neurotic CIA agent – Islamophobes?

22nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Control 3 Districts in Afghan Provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

Bill Roggio

One of the districts was the location of the shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs, in 2011.

21st October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

UK Blacklists Qatari for Terror Finance, Pledges Closer U.S. Coordination

David Andrew Weinberg

Ten months after the U.S. Treasury sanctioned suspected terrorist financier Abdulrahman bin Omeir al-Nuaymi, the United Kingdom has followed suit, instructing British financial institutions to freeze any accounts in his name.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Adds Osama bin Laden’s Doctor to Terrorist Designation List

Thomas Joscelyn

Ramzi Mawafi was added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists today. Mawafi has been publicly identified as the emir of al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, which serves as a platform for funneling al Qaeda's assistance to allied jihadist groups.

21st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US State Department Adds Pakistani Taliban Leader Added to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Khan Said, who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, "stated his continued commitment to terrorist activity" after parting with the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan earlier this year, the State Department said.

21st October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Seeks Help from Hamas

Grant Rumley

Last week, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the Muslim Brotherhood’s wing in Jordan, wrote an open letter to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, urging him to secure the release of the Jordanian members of his militant group incarcerated in Israeli prisons.

21st October 2014 - The National Interest

A Revival of Sanctions: How to Get Iran to Compromise on a Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The sanctions relief provided by the Obama administration has helped the Iranian economy to the point where Iran doesn't see a need to make concessions on a nuclear deal. Time to increase pressure on Tehran.

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 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Credit for Series of Attacks in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for 16 attacks over the past several days as it battles Houthi rebels for control of central Yemen.

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.”

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