Analysis & Commentary


1st August 2014 - The National Post

This War Was Supposed to ‘isolate’ Israel. Instead, the opposite happened

Jonathan Kay

“The world stands disgraced” was the banner headline that Britain’s Guardian newspaper put on Thursday’s front page — a quote from a UN official outraged after Israeli shelling killed 15 civilians at a school being used as a shelter in Gaza.

1st August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Ansar al Sharia Ally A Key Figure in Benghazi Security Failures

Thomas Joscelyn

A key figure in the security failures surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya is fighting alongside members of Ansar al Sharia, which is one of the terrorist groups responsible for the assault on the U.S. mission and annex that night.

1st August 2014 - Now Media

Hamas’s Return To The Resistance Axis

Tony Badran

31st July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Mends Relations with Hamas

Ali Alfoneh

Arm Hamas. That was the main message of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan.

31st July 2014 - Foreign Policy

Zawahiri’s Revenge

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- which has now rebranded itself "the Islamic State" (IS) -- is trying to position itself as the new leader of the global jihadist movement.

30th July 2014 - The Washington Times

Advice to Israelis: Endure the Slander

Clifford D. May

Hamas wants to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. It’s been doing all it can to achieve that objective, for example launching missiles at Israel’s international airport and constructing tunnels to infiltrate terrorists into Israeli communities for the purpose of slaughtering and...

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Well-Connected Jihadist Tweets, Then Deletes, Explanation of al Qaeda’s Oath to Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

A Twitter user known as "Shaybat al Hukama" tweeted, and then quickly deleted, his explanation of al Qaeda's relationship with the Taliban. Al Hukama appears to be well-connected to al Qaeda media operatives and leaders.

30th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Hamas’s New Commandos

Patrick Megahan

Hamas rocket barrages are reaching deeper into Israel than previous conflicts, but Israel’s military brass is more concerned with the terror group’s newest tactic: commando raids.

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia, Allies Seize Libyan Special Forces Base in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Sharia and its allies have captured a key Libyan special forces base in the city of Benghazi. The base fell after days of heavy fighting and Ansar al Sharia is celebrating the spoils of its victory on its official Twitter page.

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Releases 5th Installment of ‘Repulsion of Aggression’ Video Series

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released the fifth installment of its "Repulsion of Aggression" video series, detailing three coordinated attacks in the city of Seyoun in Yemen's Hadramout province on June 26.

30th July 2014 - The Washington Times

The Will to Win An Unavoidable War

Jonathan Schanzer

The latest round of violence in the Gaza Strip between the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Israel Defense Force continues in fits and starts, even after calls from President Obama for an unconditional cease-fire.

29th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Islamic State Advertises War Crimes in Video Commemorating End of Ramadan

Thomas Joscelyn

A video disseminated by the Islamic State celebrates the group's depravity. Warning: This article includes graphic images of violence.

29th July 2014 - National Review Online

Why Anti-Zionism Is Modern Anti-Semitism

Benjamin Weinthal

Israel’s defensive Operation Protective Edge against Hamas rocket fire revealed that it took a military conflict to show that anti-Zionism cannot be decoupled from anti-Semitism.

29th July 2014 - PJ Media

Courtesy of Tehran and the Whole Gang

Michael Ledeen

As Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, said: “Every rocket flying out of Gaza could bear the imprint ‘Courtesy of Tehran.’”

28th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Flotilla Charity Seeks Renewed Confrontation with Israel

Merve Tahiroglu

The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the Turkish charity that organized the ill-fated flotilla to the Gaza Strip in 2010, appears to be preparing for round two – this time with the help of the Turkish naval forces.

28th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Mullah Omar Addresses Governance of Afghanistan, War Against ‘Invaders’ in New Message

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Omar discusses the Taliban's governance efforts at length in a message commemorating the end of Ramadan.

28th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Strikes Across Northeastern Nigeria and in Cameroon

Laura Grossman

Suspected Boko Haram fighters launched attacks across Nigeria's north and east and ventured into neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the deputy minister's wife and a local religious leader. In separate attacks over the past two days, three female suicide bombers detonated in the capital of Kano...

28th July 2014 - War on the Rocks

1979 Revisited: Judging the Iranian Revolution

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Everyone has his or her own judgment as to what is the enduring lesson of the Iranian Revolution.

26th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Destroys Tombs, Mosques in Mosul

Bill Roggio

The destruction of the mosques housing the tombs of Jonah and Seth is only the latest in the Islamic State's campaign to purge minority religions from Mosul.

25th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Quds Day In Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Iran’s celebration of Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) today affirmed the Islamic Republic’s continued rejection of Israel’s existence.

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