Analysis & Commentary

20th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims Attacks Against Iraqi Military, Police

Thomas Joscelyn, Oren Adaki

Ansar al Islam, a jihadist group founded in northern Iraq in September 2001, has claimed a number of attacks against the Iraqi government since the rebel offensive began earlier this month.

20th June 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Enemy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

No one should mistake Iran for a friend.

19th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Suspect Planned To Kill Returning US Troops In Upstate NY

Benjamin Weinthal

Mufid A. Elfgeeh is said to have been inspired by French-Algerian jihadist Mohamed Merah, who was trained in Pakistan by an al Qaeda leader.

19th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Photos Show Gains and Iraqi Support

Oren Adaki

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's media wing in Wilayat Ninewa released a series of photos yesterday to social media sites illustrating the group's staggering gains. They...

19th June 2014 - Now Lebanon

The Devil You Don’t Know

Tony Badran

An Iranian-backed presence in southern Syria isn't necessarily better than a Nusra one.

19th June 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Book Review: ‘A Time to Attack’ By Matthew Kroenig

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Tehran will not abandon its 30-year project. So the U.S. faces a choice: accept a nuclear Iran or launch a pre-emptive strike.

19th June 2014 - The Spectator

Terror’s Comeback Kids

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away.

18th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Captures Benghazi Suspect, But Most Attackers Remain Free

Thomas Joscelyn

Ahmed Abu Khattalah is the first suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi to be held by the US. Most of his accomplices remain free.

18th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike in North Waziristan, Kill 6 ‘Militants’

Bill Roggio

As the Pakistani military is launching airstrikes against foreign terrorist groups such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Turkistan Islamic Party as part of an...

18th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iran Spawns New Jihadist Group In Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer

Hesn, a new Shia jihadi group in Gaza, is Iran's latest effort to maintain influence on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

18th June 2014 - The Washington Times

Years of Living Dangerously

Clifford D. May

Iraq is just one corner of the barbaric new world envisioned by ISIS and other jihadists.

17th June 2014 - AFPC

The Strategic Logic Of Iran’s Nuclear Drive

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It would be fair to say that history has not been kind to Iran. The gap between its glorious imperial past and its present status as an isolated and vilified power has only widened in the decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds AQAP Leader Involved in Embassy Plot to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added a top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who has been involved in plots to targeted US diplomatic facilities in Yemen and worldwide as...

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Launches 2 Attacks Along Kenya’s Coast

Laura Grossman

Although Shabaab claimed responsibility for two recent attacks in Kenyan coastal towns, the government blamed the attacks on "local political networks."

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Celebrate Release of Influential Ideologue from Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist ideologue known as Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi has been released from a Jordanian prison. Officials in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and other jihadists are celebrating Maqdisi's release.

16th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war...

16th June 2014 - The National Interest

When America’s Enemies Are Also Its Friends

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. attempts to coordinate with Iran in Iraq are a reminder of the growing role of allies that are adversaries, too.

15th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Launches ‘Comprehensive Operation Against Foreign and Local Terrorists’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has launched what it described as a "comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists" in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North..

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS, Allies Reviving ‘Baghdad Belts’ Battle Plan

Bill Roggio

The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all...

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill AQAP Commander, 4 Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander and four fighters in the second recorded drone strike in southern Yemen this month. Earlier today, the...


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