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21st June 2016 - Foreign Affairs

Hamas and Egypt Make Amends?

Oren Kessler , Grant Rumley

A steady stream of reports in recent weeks has suggested that Egypt is burying the hatchet with Hamas. The Washington Post saw an “unlikely alliance” between the two, Al-Monitor floated the prospect of “reconciliation,” and Haaretz suggested that Cairo is offering the group...

21st June 2016 - The Hill

The risks of the Iran-Boeing deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing's potential deal to sell aircraft to Iran may have benefits for the company's ledger and for the U.S. banks that will finance it. But the deal is also fraught with danger, including the possibility that the aircraft may one day become a tool for Iran's ongoing support for atrocities...

20th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Targeting leaders won’t deter Taliban’s ‘jihad,’ group says

Bill Roggio

The Taliban recently said that the US drone strike that killed its last emir, along with other targeted killings and detentions of its leaders, would not weaken its resolve. Rather, it is the Taliban’s “religious obligation” to continue fighting despite such losses.

20th June 2016 - Foreign Policy - Co-written by Jacob Zenn

Boko Haram’s Buyer’s Remorse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When Boko Haram pledged loyalty to the Islamic State in March 2015, it seemed to signal that the jihadi world was bending in the direction of the self-proclaimed caliphate.

20th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Orlando terrorist swore allegiance to Islamic State’s Abu Bakr al Baghdadi

Thomas Joscelyn

Omar Mateen swore allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi at least twice during a 911 call the night of his attack on a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

17th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force general vows to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last jihadist is killed

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

A senior advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force vowed that Iranian forces would continue to fight in Iraq and Syria until the last Islamic State and “takfiri” fighters are killed.

17th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah issued veiled warning hours prior to Beirut bank bombing

David Daoud

A bomb blast exploded in Beirut’s Verdun neighborhood on Sunday, outside of the headquarters of the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM). No fatalities were reported from the attack, but two people suffered minor injuries. Commenting on the bombing, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Nouhad...

17th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Protesting Turkish Students Push Back on Erdoğan

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won a string of victories last month in his effort to consolidate power, including the lifting of parliamentary immunity, the ouster of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and his replacement by the yes-man Binali Yıldırım.

17th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s minister of transport, Abbas Akhoundi, announced an aircraft deal this week with U.S. aviation industry giant, Boeing.

17th June 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Jihadists Under Investigation

Thomas Joscelyn

The system was blinking red for months prior to the June 12 terrorist attack in Orlando. Since early 2015, the FBI has repeatedly warned the American public that the threat of violent attacks is growing and that there are too many potential terrorists to track. Then Omar Mateen, a...

17th June 2016 - Forbes

What ISIS Is Banking On

Yaya J. Fanusie

As jihadist groups gain control of cities across the Middle East and Africa, preventing their access to the global financial system is increasingly critical to regulators.

16th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iran shuts down news site after reporting Taliban emir held talks with officials

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

Iranian authorities shuttered a news website after it claimed that the Taliban’s previous emir was inside Iran for two months and strategized with officials to counter the Islamic State.

16th June 2016 - Fathom Journal

Assessing the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Policy

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas travelled to Athens in late December to thank the Greek Parliament for recognising the ‘State of Palestine’.

16th June 2016 - Foreign Policy

The Obama Administration Needs to Stand Strong on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Iran's demands are escalating. The supreme leader is sounding the alarm about American mendacity. An anxious U.S. secretary of state is practically begging companies to return to Iran. Cautious banking executives and a distrustful and angry Congress are pushing back. Welcome to the fallout...

15th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban seizes a district in Uruzgan

Bill Roggio

The Taliban took control of a district center in the central Afghan province of Uruzgan after several days of fighting Afghan forces who are reported to have been supported by US forces.

15th June 2016 - FDD-Roubini Report

Don’t Buy the Spin: Iran is Getting Economic Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In recent weeks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been on an international “road show” to encourage large European banks to return to business with Iran and to help alleviate their concerns about the legal risks associated with engaging with a country still under U.S. sanctions for...

15th June 2016 - Foreign Policy

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Erdogan?

John Hannah

Houston, we have a problem. A serious problem. Slowly, but inexorably, Turkey is headed off a cliff. The signposts ahead are bleak indeed. Despotism. Terrorism. Civil war. Just over the horizon, scenarios like “failed state” and “forced partition” are coming into view.

15th June 2016 - The Washington Times

Terrorism and economic warfare

Clifford D. May

Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market bills itself as the “heartbeat of Israeli culinary art.” Dozens of small restaurants and shops offer cheese, wine, bread, fish, olives, pasta, burgers – pretty much anything you can imagine and quite a bit that you probably cannot.

14th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan faction emerges after group’s collapse

Bill Roggio

A new faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) independent of the Islamic State has emerged and indicated that it remains loyal to the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other traditional jihadist group that operate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.

14th June 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Second largest German bank shuts anti-Israel BDS account

Benjamin Weinthal

In the latest of a series of similar account closures by international banks, German bank Commerzbank has shut down a boycott Israel account, the first action of its kind in that country, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

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