Analysis & Commentary

29th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The ISIS Attack and Turkey’s Islamist Kurds

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber attacked the southern Turkish border town of Suruç on Monday, killing 32 and wounding 100. The victims were preparing for a trip to reconstruct the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane, which has held by the Kurdish People’s Democratic Union (PYD) since late...

29th July 2015 - Forbes

European Companies: Enter The Iranian Market At Your Own Risk

Benjamin Weinthal

With the signing of an Iranian nuclear agreement earlier this month, European companies along with leading politicians have moved at astonishingly fast pace to enter Iran’s markets.

28th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overruns Another District in Northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban continues to press its offensive on multiple fronts in the Afghan north, taking control of Kohistanat district in the once calm province of Sar-i-Pul after a police commander and his officers defected to the jihadist group. According to the Taliban, its forces “raised the white...

28th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches New Offensive Against Assad Regime in Strategic Plain

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fateh (the “Army of Conquest”), a coalition of anti-Assad forces that overran much of the Idlib province earlier this year, has launched a new offensive against the Assad regime. The jihadist-led alliance is using its stronghold in Idlib to push south into the Al Ghab plain,...

28th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

Tony Badran

With the nuclear deal finally out of the way, President Obama can now get down to what, for him, has always been the real business—engaging Iran on regional issues. As one administration official has acknowledged, the US president sees Iran as “the key to peace” in the Middle East. But...

28th July 2015 - The Washington Times

Defeating Civilization’s Enemies

Clifford D. May

“The enemy has to be defeated,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last week told American forces stationed in the Middle East. That is a simple truth, one that, regrettably, is not heard often from officials in the current administration.

28th July 2015 - The National Interest

Turkey’s False Spring

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s recent June elections have produced a religiously diverse parliament that the country has not seen since the 1950s.

27th July 2015 - The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program.

27th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Delisting of IRGC Construction Giant Will Boost Terror Financing

Ali Alfoneh

The Iran nuclear deal signed July 14 stipulates that eight years after its implementation, the European Union will delist a construction conglomerate owned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

27th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Under Iran Agreement, U.S. Will Delist All Entities Controlled by Supreme Leader

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Of all the sanctions to be lifted in last week’s Iran nuclear agreement, few are more significant than those against a shadowy $100-billion network of foundations belonging to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

27th July 2015 - PJ Media

How to Defeat the Grand Bargain with Iran

Michael Ledeen

I think most of those trying to stop the approval of the Iran Deal are going about it wrong. I don’t believe you can stop this thing by going through the text and pointing out its myriad flaws, nor do I think it’s good enough to expose the many lies Obama, Kerry, Rhodes et. al. told us...

27th July 2015 - Military Review - Co-written by Sterling Jensen, PhD

The Role of Iraqi Tribes After the Islamic State’s Ascendance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the midst of a military campaign littered with the bodies of its victims, the jihadist group that dubbed itself the Islamic State (IS) nonetheless managed to shock observers with a series of atrocities it inflicted on the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq’s Anbar Province during October and...

27th July 2015 - Forbes

Iran Embarks On Middle East Charm Offensive - Will It Work?

David Andrew Weinberg

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif have each said that their number one priority in the wake of this month’s Iran deal is to engage with their Gulf neighbors.

26th July 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Europe to Drop Sanctions on Iranian Terrorists and Entities

Benjamin Weinthal

Along with the Iran nuclear agreement, the European Union has agreed to remove sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals deeply involved in terrorism.

26th July 2015 - The Washington Times - Co-written by Peter Vincent Pry

‘Peace for Our Time’

James Woolsey

Banner headlines in a prominent national newspaper read “NUKE DEAL PAVES WAY FOR NEW ERA: Sworn Foes U.S., Iran Aim To Bury Hatchet” — without sarcasm.

26th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Overrun Base, Capture and Release 100 Afghan Security Personnel

Bill Roggio

The Taliban overran a military base in the remote northern Afghan province of Badakhshan this weekend, capturing more than 100 police and tribal fighters before disarming and freeing them.

26th July 2015 - The Wall Street Journal - Co-written by Lee A. Casey

The Lawless Underpinnings of the Iran Nuclear Deal

David B. Rivkin

The Iranian nuclear agreement announced on July 14 is unconstitutional, violates international law and features commitments that President Obama could not lawfully make.

25th July 2015 - Business Insider

The Nuclear Deal Gives a Dangerous Amount of Atomic Expertise to Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that the six world powers signed with Iran last week commits the United States to eventually removing a ban on Iranian graduate students applying for advanced degrees in nuclear sciences at American universities.

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

Islamic Jihad Union Details its Involvement in Taliban’s Azm Offensive

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), an al Qaeda and Taliban-linked terrorist group that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trumpeted its role in the current Taliban-led Azm offensive in Afghanistan as well as its involvement in battling Pakistani troops in North Waziristan.

24th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Airstrike Kills One of Osama bin Laden’s Most Trusted Commanders in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US killed Abu Khalil al Sudani, a senior al Qaeda leader who took direction from Ayman al Zawahiri, in an airstrike on July 11 in eastern Afghanistan. The strike took place in the Bermal district of the Paktia province, where the US operated a base before withdrawing the bulk of its...


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