Analysis & Commentary


29th June 2015 - The Times of Israel

New TV Show Highlights Egypt’s Jewish Problem

Oren Kessler

A new television series is shaking up the lucrative Ramadan viewing season in Egypt.

29th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Top Prosecutor’s Death Presages Long, Hot Summer in Egypt

Oren Kessler

Egypt’s top public prosecutor was killed Monday in a car bombing in Cairo – the country’s highest-profile assassination since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

29th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Celebrates 9/11 Attacks in New Video

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a 43-minute documentary titled, “The Heirs of Glory.” The video tells the history of Islam from Al Nusrah’s perspective, culminating in video footage of the 9/11 attacks and audio clips from Osama bin Laden’s...

28th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Wanted Saudi Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not...

28th June 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Germany is the Weakest Western Link in Nuclear Talks With Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

With the Iran nuclear talks entering the final stretch in Vienna, Germany’s role in the negotiations to end Tehran’s illicit nuclear weapons program has largely escaped scrutiny.

28th June 2015 - Standpoint

The Grand Illusion

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Middle East as maps still show it in atlases and globes, schoolbooks and Foreign Office corridors, no longer exists. It has vanished under our noses in less than five years. The consequences range from the serious to the disastrous. Yet Western policymakers still act as if they could put...

27th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Massacre in Tunisia as Death Toll Rises

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia. The group has posted a photo of the gunmen it says carried out the shooting spree, identifying him as Abu Yahya al Qayrawani.

26th June 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

26th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia, Killing Dozens

Thomas Joscelyn

Three terrorist attacks were carried out this morning in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia.

26th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Economic Growth and the Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s central bank published its preliminary annual report last week for the previous Persian year (March 2014 to March 2015), according to which Iran’s GDP grew 3 percent.

26th June 2015 - Forbes

Nuclear Bargains And State Department Backlogs

Claudia Rosett

Should a final deal emerge from the Iran nuclear talks, now nearing a June 30 deadline, Congress will expect reports from the President every six months on whether Iran is in compliance.

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designates Taliban Liaison to Al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department has added a senior Taliban leader, Maulawi Abdul Rashid Baluch, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. As of mid-2013, Rashid “served as a Taliban liaison officer to al Qaeda and was responsible for planning meetings between Taliban...

25th June 2015 - Politico Europe

Europe Needs Greece

Aykan Erdemir

The Greek debt crisis has become so complicated that we now have digests and timelines to guide us through the saga.

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Hezbollah Brigades Flaunts US Equipment in Anbar Operation

Bill Roggio

A video released on a YouTube account linked to the Popular Mobilization Committee or the “People’s Mobilization Units” (PMU), a coalition of largely Shiite militia forces, shows a montage of Hezbollah Brigades footage from its operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. In the video, the...

25th June 2015 - War on the Rocks

Misreading Khamenei’s Nuclear Role

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has played his cards right. As the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear accord approaches, Iran’s supreme leader has maintained his rhetoric of resistance, dismissing long-term limits on Iran’s nuclear program as “a lifetime.”

25th June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Jihadists Tout Taliban ‘Special Forces’ Training Camp in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Jihadists have have been circulating photographs online purporting to show a Taliban “special forces” training camp somewhere in Afghanistan.

24th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Reactions to Khamenei’s Nuclear Speech Mirror Iran’s Fault Lines

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian reactions to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s address Tuesday on international nuclear negotiations closely follow the country’s factional fault lines, from relative pragmatists desperate for sanctions relief to hardliners opposed to any accommodation with the West.

24th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Speech Ups the Nuclear Ante

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei set new “red lines” to nuclear negotiations on Tuesday, undercutting many of the principles his representatives had already reached with international negotiators. Khamenei’s latest remarks – broadcast live on state television – cast serious...

24th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Suffers Losses in Provincial Home of the ‘Caliphate’

Thomas Joscelyn

Over the past two days, Kurdish forces and other rebel factions have seized a town and a military base from the Islamic State in its home province of Raqqa. As they have advanced on the seat of the so-called “caliphate,” the anti-Islamic State forces have been backed by US airstrikes....

24th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri

Laura Grossman

Monday, two bomb blasts detonated by female suicide bombers went off at the Baga fish market in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Nigeria.

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