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24th August 2016 - The Cipher Brief

The New Frontier in Terror Fundraising: Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

When I worked as a counterterrorism analyst for the CIA, I always looked out for signs of terrorist groups adapting their methods. Now, as someone outside of government who analyzes how nefarious groups fund themselves, I am concerned about terrorists using innovative technologies to bolster...

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC commander discusses Afghan militia, ‘Shia liberation army,’ and Syria

Amir Toumaj

A retired Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander who was deployed to Syria gave a lengthy interview to a hardline media outlet last week about IRGC operations in the country.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

The Abu Zubaydah file

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government has released an unclassified profile of the jihadist known as Abu Zubaydah, who is held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

24th August 2016 - The Washington Times

Hey, George Soros! Put your mouth where your money is!

Clifford D. May

Washington is not an easy-going town. You come here to argue policy with the big boys — you should expect some rough-and-tumble. But you also should expect clean fights — no biting, no spitting, no hitting below the belt. Whatever else divides us, we all value free speech and edifying...

23rd August 2016 - The National Interest

How Hamas Allegedly Embezzles Millions in Christian Charity

Benjamin Weinthal

The arrests of the head of a U.S. charity operating in the Gaza Strip—and of an UN engineer—put the international spotlight on terrorism finance in the nonprofit world.

23rd August 2016 - Forbes

Boeing Should Think Twice Before Iran Sale

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last year between Iran and six world powers lifted sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector, allowing aircraft manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran. But the fact that those prohibitions have been lifted does...

23rd August 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Joe Biden’s Challenge in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

The stakes for Vice President Joe Biden’s travels this week are high. When he arrives in Ankara on Wednesday, Mr. Biden will be the highest-level U.S. official to visit Turkey since the failed coup attempt in July.

22nd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Influential Taliban commander pledges to new emir

Bill Roggio

Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the commander of the Tora Bora Military Front and son of an influential Taliban leader who was instrumental in welcoming Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan after al Qaeda was ejected from Sudan in 1996, has sworn allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir.

22nd August 2016 - The Globalist

After the Coup: Backlash Against Turkey’s Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s July 15 abortive coup has produced a show of cross-party support for the country’s elected government. All three major opposition parties explicitly denounced the attempt, and the government returned the favor by thanking them in parliament.

22nd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Shifting sands in air base drama between Tehran and Moscow

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian media has reported that Russian use of the Hamedan air base (also known as the Nojeh air base) in Western Iran has been halted. According to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, “the presence of Russia in Iran was temporary.”

21st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: IRGC implicated in arming Yemeni Houthis with missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

Since July, state-affiliated media in Iran has publicized the Yemeni Houthi movement’s use of a variant of the Zelzal-3, an Iranian rocket. Iranian media and the Houthis (officially known as Ansar Allah), however, insist that this variant has been produced “indigenously” in Yemen....

21st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri calls on Muslims to support Taliban, reject Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, has released the second episode in Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Brief Messages to a Victorious Ummah [worldwide community of Muslims]” series. In the first episode, which was posted online on Aug. 13, Zawahiri criticized the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood...

20th August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German University students declare BDS anti-Semitic

Benjamin Weinthal

Students at one of the world’s oldest universities – Leipzig University in the German state of Saxony – passed a resolution this month opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement because it is anti-Semitic.

19th August 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Coup Attempt Sparks Backlash Against Turkey’s Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s July 15 abortive coup has produced a show of cross-party support for the country’s elected government. All three major opposition parties explicitly denounced the attempt, and the government returned the favor by thanking them in parliament.

19th August 2016 - Interview with Eric Heyl - Trib Live

Saturday Q&A: Ex-CIA chief warns of fitting policy to the ‘narrative’

James Woolsey

R. James Woolsey spoke to the Trib regarding the recent revelation that the U.S. Central Command manipulated intelligence assessments to paint an overly optimistic picture of America's progress in battling ISIS.

18th August 2016 - PJ Media

Why Hasn’t ISIS Blown Up Rome?

Michael Ledeen

At lunch the other day, a smart man asked me how come there hadn’t been terrorism in Italy, even though Islamic State keeps promising to attack the Vatican.

18th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hamza bin Laden calls for regime change in Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s heir, calls on Muslims to overthrow the Saudi monarchy in a newly released audio message. The junior bin Laden’s speech was disseminated by As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, via social media websites on Aug. 17.

18th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists who attacked Russian police appear in Islamic State video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly showing the two young jihadists who assaulted Russian policemen yesterday in Balashikha, which is east of Moscow. They are identified as Uthman Mardalov and Salim Israilov.

17th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

An alleged ‘agent’ of Iran transferred from Guantanamo to the UAE

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 15, the Pentagon announced the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Twelve of the men are Yemenis and the remaining three are citizens of Afghanistan.

17th August 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Hezbollah’s Strategy in Syria Won’t Help Against Israel

David Daoud

Over the last three years of the Syrian Civil War, Hezbollah has increasingly operated as a regular army rather than in its traditional, decades-long role as a guerrilla force.

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