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9th March 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Violent Extremist vs. Holy Warrior

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Hussein Obama wrong to avoid appending “Islamic,” “Muslim,” “Islamist,” or even “jihadist” to the terrorism that has struck the West with increasing ferocity since the 1990s? This question has at least two parts: Is the president historically correct to do this? And...

27th February 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

Laura Grossman

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new designations yesterday for several Africa-based individuals and entities connected to Hezbollah’s global terrorist network.

27th February 2015 - The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City....

26th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Suicide Bomber Strikes NATO Diplomatic Convoy in Kabul

Bill Roggio

A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed in the blast. The attack on NATO's envoy to Afghanistan takes place as rumors of peace talks between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US persist.

26th February 2015 - PJ Media

Iran Working as Strategic Partner with Hezbollah Against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The recent Hezbollah attack on an Israel Defense Forces convoy in the Har Dov area close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, was the latest move in a dangerous and high stakes game that is now underway on Israel’s northern frontier. Israel and...

26th February 2015 - The Jewish Chronicle

What evidence? Guardian presents dodgy dossier on Iran’s bomb project

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Guardian and al Jazeera were handed another treasure trove of leaked intelligence files this week, purportedly from a South African intelligence source. The documents include dossiers allegedly supplied by Mossad to its South African counterpart.

25th February 2015 - War on the Rocks

ISIL’s International Expansion: What Does Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis’s Oath of Allegiance Mean?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The international expansion of the jihadist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has become a much-discussed topic.

25th February 2015 - Standpoint

Belittling Anti-Semitism

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The pan-European response to the slaughter of four Jews at a Parisian kosher supermarket in January was commendable.

25th February 2015 - The Washington Times

Putin’s Rules

Clifford D. May

Last week, two Russian long-range bombers skirted the southwest coast of England. British Typhoon warplanes scrambled from their base to “escort” the bombers away.

24th February 2015 - Business Insider

How a Major American Court Ruling Could Plunge the Palestinian Authority Into Crisis

Grant Rumley

A New York court ruled on Monday that the Palestinian Authority was responsible for six terror attacks that killed and wounded scores of civilians during the second intifada, a period of intense violence in the early 2000s between Israel and the Palestinians.

24th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Continues Deadly Suicide Attacks, Uses Children as Bombers

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram is suspected of launching repeated suicide attacks in Nigeria's northeast while Nigerian forces continue their attempts to dislodge the group.

24th February 2015 - The New York Times

Huge Verdict Is the Price the Palestinian Authority Pays for Not Controlling the P.L.O.

Jonathan Schanzer

The verdict on Monday revealed what we long knew: The Palestinian Authority’s bureaucracy is terribly vulnerable to the corruption and violent whims of the Fatah faction and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

23rd February 2015 - Huffington Post

Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington's counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East.

23rd February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Divisions Grow in Nigeria

Thomas Joscelyn

Divisions between Boko Haram and rival Ansaru have become more pronounced over the past several weeks.

23rd February 2015 - Mosaic

The Reform Delusion

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Barack Obama has been eager for an Iranian diplomatic breakthrough since the beginning of his presidency, and Michael Doran, in “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy,” has trenchantly laid out a chronology of the president’s aspirations.

23rd February 2015 - Politico

Qatar Needs Tough Love

David Andrew Weinberg

In his closing remarks at the White House summit on countering violent extremism this past week, President Barack Obama explained that “by ‘violent extremism’ we don’t just mean terrorists who are killing innocent people.”

21st February 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike in Southern Yemen Kills 3 AQAP Fighters

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike is the third this year in the province of Shabwa, which known haven for AQAP and its leadership cadre. A previous attack in Shabwa killed Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, one of the jihadist group's senior ideologues.

20th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombings by Islamic State’s ‘Province’ Rock Libyan Town

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the Islamic State's so-called "provinces" in Libya has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks in the Libyan town of Qubba earlier today. The group says the attacks were retaliation for the airstrikes carried out in nearby Derna.

20th February 2015 - Now Media

The Weakness of the “Wait and See” Approach

Tony Badran

Even if Israel desired to stay out of the Syrian war, the Iranians, seeing a green light from Washington, have ideas of their own.

20th February 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

German Jews Hide Jewish Magazine for Fear of anti-Semitic Attacks

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany's largest Jewish community in the capital city removed its logo on envelopes containing its monthly magazine to protect members from anti-Semitic attacks.

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