Analysis & Commentary

10th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan condemns killing of Kashmiri terrorist military leader

Bill Roggio

The government of Pakistan called the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian troops “deplorable and condemnable.” This condemnation highlights Pakistan’s support for terrorist groups throughout the region. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is listed by the US, the European...

9th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Russian helicopter downed by the Islamic State near Palmyra, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State downed a Russian helicopter east of Palmyra, Syria yesterday. The Russian Defense Ministry initially denied losing any helicopter. But the Russians changed their story after the so-called caliphate released a video of the attack today. The video can be viewed above.

9th July 2016 - The Globalist

The Creeping Pakistanization of Turkey?

Aykan Erdemir

The ISIS attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport hit Turkey at a difficult, yet hopeful time. The bombing came in the immediate aftermath of the Turkish government’s diplomatic U-turn, that is the rapprochement with both Israel and Russia.

8th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Post-JCPOA, Iran Revs Up Nuclear, Missile Procurement in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

On the eve of the Iran deal’s one-year anniversary, a new report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says that Iran sought illicit nuclear and missile technology in Germany throughout 2015, and was expected to continue doing so.

8th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims nearly 600 suicide attacks in first six months of 2016

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claims to have executed 589 “martyrdom operations” in Iraq, Syria and Libya during the first six months of 2016.

8th July 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Erdogan’s Weathervane Foreign Policy

Aykan Erdemir

On June 27, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey would be normalizing relations with Israel and Russia. This 180-degree policy shift came after his outreach to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two countries with which Ankara has squabbled over the Arab Spring and...

7th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ohio man conspired with Islamic State recruiter, Justice Department says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Munir Abdulkader, a 21 year-old man living in West Chester, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terrorist charges in March. Abdulkader communicated with a key Islamic State recruiter, Junaid Hussein, who was killed in an American airstrike in...

7th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri praises Uighur jihadists in ninth episode of ‘Islamic Spring’ series

Thomas Joscelyn

The ninth episode of Ayman al Zawahiri’s “Islamic Spring” series was released on social media on July 2.

7th July 2016 - Fox News

German intel report charges Iran seeking illegal nuke, missile tech

Benjamin Weinthal

With the ink barely dry on the deal between the U.S. and Iran to prevent the Islamic Republic from securing nuclear weapons, a new German intelligence document charges that Iran continues to flout the agreement.

7th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama called the security environment in Afghanistan “precarious” and said today he will keep more troops on the ground in Afghanistan than previously planned.

7th July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany’s Merkel says Iran violating UN missile regulations

Benjamin Weinthal

German intelligence: Iran seeks illegal nuclear technology.

5th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

David Andrew Weinberg

Suicide bombers struck three Saudi cities on Monday, detonating themselves near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Jeddah, and a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif.

5th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban condemns suicide attack in Medina, Saudi Arabia

Bill Roggio

The Taliban has condemned a July 4 suicide attack that targeted security personnel in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Four Saudi guards and five others were wounded in what the Taliban describes as “an act of enmity and hatred towards Islamic rituals.”

5th July 2016 - Tablet Magazine

Why Bibi’s Visits to Moscow Mean Bad News for Israel

Tony Badran

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russia for yet another meeting with president Vladimir Putin—his third such trip (and fourth meeting) since Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria last September.

5th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The Battle of Bangladesh

Clifford D. May

Over the past ten months, there have been more than 30 terrorist attacks in Bangladesh. In recent days, an Italian aid worker was gunned down as he went for a jog. Also shot to death was a Catholic priest.

4th July 2016 - The National Interest

Iran Stirs Up More Trouble in the Gulf

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Amir Toumaj

Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ external operations wing the Quds Force, issued a scathing condemnation June 20 against Bahrain’s revocation of the citizenship of a top Shia cleric. Soleimani proclaimed Sheikh Isa Qassim to be Tehran’s “red...

4th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban shows ‘Omar ibn Khattab’ training camp in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

In a newly released video from the Taliban’s media wing, the jihadist group advertises the existence of the Omar ibn Khattab training camp somewhere in the northern Kunduz Province.

4th July 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

Our Next Man (Or Woman) In Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion recently confirmed that preliminary official contact between Iran and Canada has begun, toward the goal of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries.

3rd July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany harbors 300 Hamas, 950 Hezbollah members and activists

Benjamin Weinthal

Some 300 Hamas members and supporters – as well as 950 Hezbollah activists and members – are operating in Germany, the country’s domestic intelligence agency said in its annual federal report, the same numbers as were listed in its 2013 and 2014 reports.

2nd July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State says it singled out non-Muslims for death in Dhaka attack

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State says it separated non-Muslims from Muslims and killed the former in yesterday’s assault on a bakery in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.


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