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18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

State Department Designates Egyptian Jihadist Group, ex-Gitmo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department today added Ajnad Misr, an Egyptian jihadist group, and Ibrahim Rubaish, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists.

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Retakes Baiji After Iraqi Forces Withdraw

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces withdrew from the city yesterday just one month after retaking it from the Islamic State with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

The Palestinians Are Mounting An Audacious Bid To Transform The Terms Of The Peace Process

Grant Rumley

The diplomatic struggle between Israel and the Palestinians reached a fever pitch on Wednesday as Palestinian ambassadors and their Jordanian allies pressed forward with a copy of a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council. The resolution, in addition to calling for renewed...

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.”

18th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Mass Grave of Islamic State’s Victims Reportedly Found in Eastern Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

A mass grave of approximately 230 Sheitaat tribesmen has been reportedly found in eastern Syria. The tribe has been battling the Islamic State since earlier this year.

18th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine

Grant Rumley

The European Union Parliament voted 498 to 88 on Wednesday to recognize Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution. The resolution underlined the EU’s conviction that recognition “should go hand-in-hand with the development of peace talks.”

18th December 2014 - Forbes

Historic Day for Washington, Havana…and Pyongyang’s Hackers

Claudia Rosett

On a day when hackers working for North Korea managed to shut down the release of an American movie, on American soil, by threatening terrorist attacks on American theaters, one might have supposed that a televised announcement from President Obama would have been all about measures to deter...

17th December 2014 - The National Interest

Turkey’s War on Rule of Law: One Year On

Merve Tahiroglu

On the morning of December 17, 2013, Istanbul police launched a massive anti-corruption operation. They detained 52 people, including the sons of three ministers, several bureaucrats, and some of Turkey’s most prominent businessmen.

17th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Targets Pakistani, Afghan Taliban in Nangarhar

Bill Roggio

The strike is the fifth that has targeted Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan fighters and leaders operating inside Afghanistan since the last week of November.

17th December 2014 - Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues,...

17th December 2014 - The Washington Times

America Needs Its Rough Men

Clifford D. May

In spring 2009, I was invited to debate “torture” with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” He gave me an opportunity to make a case with which he vehemently disagreed.

16th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Peshawar Attack: Sickening, but No Surprise

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of many al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups operating in the South Asian country, launched one of its more horrific attacks earlier today.

16th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Assault Military High School in Peshawar

Bill Roggio

More than 100 high school students are said to have been killed as Taliban fighters fanned out and killed everyone in their path.

16th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Releases Statement Condemning Attack on Pakistani School

Thomas Joscelyn

The Afghan Taliban has released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban's attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

16th December 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: ‘One-Handed Economist’ Needed to End Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

Benjamin Weinthal

The key takeaway for the P5 plus 1, based on the new economic data, is to internalize the plummeting oil price as a lever of pressure to secure massive concessions from Iran.

15th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham Advance in Northwestern Syria

Bill Roggio

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, backed by Jund al Aqsa, Ahrar al Sham, and several other groups, has launched an offensive on two major regime bases in the northwestern province of Idlib.

15th December 2014 - National Interest

How Iran Is Skirting Sanctions in the Southern Caucasus

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Unless Western governments pay more attention to Iranian efforts to defy the international community, Tehran will continue to elude export restrictions and bypass sanctions through the South Caucasus.

15th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Portugal’s Palestinian Recognition Adds Momentum to Diplomatic Push

Grant Rumley

The Portuguese parliament on Friday called on the government to recognize an independent Palestinian state. The motion was filed on behalf of both the center-right and socialist parties, and it urged the government to recognize Palestine “in coordination with the European Union” at the...

14th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan Surge as Coalition Ends Combat Mission

Bill Roggio

The Taliban launched suicide bombings, assassinations, IED attacks, and ambushes in the capital and four provinces over the weekend.

12th December 2014 - Forbes

North Korea and Iran: Partners in Cyber Warfare?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea has denied any involvement in the massive hacking attack last month on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and absent evidence clearly pinning the deed on Pyongyang, it may be fair to keep an open mind.

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