Analysis & Commentary


4th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 20 AQAP Fighters in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The US drone strike in central Yemen coincides with an offensive by Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels who are fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

4th November 2014 - Standpoint

The West Must Back the Kurds

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As Mesopotamia's boundaries are being redrawn in a bloody turmoil that is changing the regional balance of power, there is one obvious thing that Western nations should do to preserve their interests.

4th November 2014 - War on the Rocks

Was David Drugeon a French Intelligence Agent?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

David Drugeon, a high-ranking French member of the al-Qaeda-linked Khorasan group in Syria, has been little known by English speakers.

2nd November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Pakistan at Border Crossing With India

Bill Roggio

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a recently formed splinter group of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and Jundallah both claimed credit for the suicide attack in Wagah that killed more than 50 people.

1st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Forces Western-Backed Rebel Group to Flee Base in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has forced the leader of the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, Jamal Maarouf, to flee his base of operations in Idlib.

1st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Continues to Portray US-Led Bombing Campaign as a ‘Crusade’

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

In a pair of videos released in late October, two leading AQAP ideologues preached jihadist unity in the face of the US-led coalition's bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. One of the videos also included thinly-veiled criticisms of the Islamic State's declared caliphate.

31st October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Explosions at Nigerian Bus Station Kill 23, Wound Scores More

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram is suspected of bombing a crowded bus station in Gombe in northeastern Nigeria.

31st October 2014 - National Review Online

Treating Our Friends Like Enemies

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world.

30th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Arab, Haqqani Network Commanders Reported Killed in Latest Drone Strike in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The US is reported to have killed a "senior Arab commander" in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state....

30th October 2014 - Now Media

Selective Memory: Iran’s Role in the Marine Barracks Bombing

Tony Badran

As the US moves closer to Iran it has placed the onus of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing on Imad Mughniyeh, even though it was an Iranian operation from top to bottom.

29th October 2014 - The Washington Times

Israel and the War of Words

Clifford D. May

Last week, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd at a light rail station, killing a three-month-old baby. Eight others were injured, including a 22-year-old woman who died a few days later.

29th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Offensive in Idlib Targets Assad Regime, Fellow Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has captured several towns and villages in the countryside of Idlib. The territory was controlled by the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which has been allied with Al Nusrah despite being part of the Free Syrian Army.

29th October 2014 - CNN

China No Substitute for U.S. Involvement Over Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decision by freshly minted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make his first overseas trip to China is symbolic.

28th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

French Warplanes Bomb Islamic State Camp in Iraq

Bill Roggio

French warplanes hit an Islamic State training facility, recruitment center, and IED factory in Hawijah in Salahaddin province on Oct. 23.

28th October 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Troubling Truth About Turkey

Sheryl Saperia

Those who downplay the danger posed by terrorism often fall back on the argument that the terrorist designation is nothing more than a political instrument to attack one’s opponents or dissenters, and is therefore entirely subjective.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Uses British Hostage in Propaganda Video to Rebut Western, Kurdish Claims

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has released a propaganda video featuring John Cantlie, a British photojournalist who is being held hostage by the group. Cantlie is made to rebut Western claims about the efficacy of airstrikes in Kobane, a town that sits on the border of Syria and Turkey.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Profiles Slain Media Operative Tied to Ayman al Zawahiri’s Brother

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 20, AQAP released a biography for Mustafa Ali, an Egyptian who was killed in a US drone strike in late 2013. The group says he sought "knowledge" from Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of Ayman al Zawahiri, while imprisoned in Egypt.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pro-al Qaeda Saudi Ideologue Criticizes Jihadist Leaders in Syria, Calls for Unity

Thomas Joscelyn

A popular pro-al Qaeda jihadist ideologue who relocated from Saudi Arabia to Syria last year has criticized the Islamic State's rivals on his Twitter feed. Abdallah Muhammad al Muhaysini says that the failures of various jihadist leaders have driven the youth into the Islamic State's arms....

27th October 2014 - Fox News

Iran’s Non-Muslims Face Prison, Execution, Despite ‘Reform’ Claims, Says New UN Report

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s regime conducted a raid on an Easter service and arrested Christians, subjected Christian converts to death threats and psychological abuse and shut down licensed churches, according to a UN report that will be submitted to world leaders on Tuesday.

27th October 2014 - inFocus Quarterly

The Italian Exception: Defeating the Anti-Semites

Michael Ledeen

The headlines from Europe are all grim. Synagogues assaulted in France, Jews murdered at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and savagely beaten in the streets of Great Britain and Scandinavia, mobs of anti-Semites demonstrating in the central squares, calling for the fulfillment of the Nazi...

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