Analysis & Commentary


9th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s son says jihad in Syria key to ‘liberate Palestine’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, As Sahab, has released a new message from Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamzah.

8th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri discusses al Qaeda’s goal of building an Islamic emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda has released a new audio message from Ayman al Zawahiri entitled, “Go Forth to the Levant.” Zawahiri is known for his long-winded lectures. By his standard, the new audio is mercifully short at just over ten minutes long. It was disseminated via social media yesterday.

7th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

2 Romanian soldiers killed in insider attack in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Two Romanian soldiers were killed and another was wounded today in an insider or “green-on-blue” attack, where Afghan security personnel turn their weapons on coalition forces.

7th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German Jews call for dismissal of self-declared Jew-hating pastor

Benjamin Weinthal

The city of Bremen’s Jewish community blasted the local Evangelical Church for its failure to fire a pastor who openly declares himself an anti-Semite and plays a key role in stoking hatred of the Jewish state.

6th May 2016 - The Huffington Post

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran has mounted a full court press to persuade the global financial community to overlook its long rap sheet of financial crimes. In recent weeks, two of the Islamic Republic's most savvy diplomats were on the offensive to persuade the Obama administration to green...

6th May 2016 - Hoover Institution

The Battle For Europe

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In 2004 Gilles Kepel, the noted French scholar of the modern Middle East and Muslims in Europe, wrote:

6th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jaysh al Fath coalition launches new offensive in Aleppo province

Thomas Joscelyn

Jaysh al Fath (the “Army of Conquest”), a jihadist-led alliance of rebel groups, has launched a new offensive south of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The early fighting centered on the town of Khan Tuman, where a suicide bomber detonated a large vehicle borne improvised explosive device...

6th May 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German mayor embroiled in row over anti-Semitic bank account

Benjamin Weinthal

The mayor of Stuttgart, who served as one of the patrons of an event celebrating Israel’s 68th birthday on Wednesday, defended his city’s ownership stake in the BW bank that provides an account to an NGO that promotes a boycott of the Jewish state and plays down the Holocaust.

6th May 2016 - Foreign Policy

Understanding the Promise — and Limits — of Sanctions

Eric B. Lorber

Last week, David Francis and Lara Jakes published a report for Foreign Policy, titled “Sanctions Are a Failure… Let’s Admit That,” on the feeling in Washington that recent attempts to impose biting economic sanctions have not achieved their objectives and have led to unintended and...

6th May 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

Mein Bubbie

Sheryl Saperia

As the last generation to have known Holocaust survivors personally, it falls on us to tell their stories.

5th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections are No Victory for “Moderates”

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranians cast their votes Friday in runoff elections for the quarter of parliamentary seats still in contention from February’s first round.

5th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

Aykan Erdemir

After a week of open strife within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to his 1,150-room palace yesterday.

4th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Assad regime and Islamic State battle for control of Shaer gas field in Homs

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State and forces loyal to Bashar al Assad’s regime are battling for control of the Shaer gas field in Syria’s Homs province once again. The two sides have fought at Shaer and other nearby gas facilities on multiple occasions since 2014.

4th May 2016 - The Washington Times

How much ruin is there in a nation?

Clifford D. May

People think early European immigrants to America were seeking religious freedom. In fact, they sought escape from religious persecution. Not quite the same thing.

3rd May 2016 - U.S. News & World Report

Moderation Is a Misnomer in Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Proponents of a nuclear deal with Iran have expressed hope that it would put Tehran on a more moderate course. President Obama, on the eve of the deal, suggested that it could "strengthen the hand of those more moderate forces inside of Iran."

3rd May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey set the stage for stripping Kurdish parliamentarians of their immunity Monday, when a parliamentary committee approved the motion after a contentious debate.

3rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban denies shadow governor for Kandahar killed by Afghan forces

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban denied reports from the Ministry of Interior that the shadow governor and his deputy were among the 45 jihadists killed during a raid in the southern Afghan province.

3rd May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda defector discusses group’s secrets in Islamic State magazine

Thomas Joscelyn, David Daoud

The man known as Abu Ubaydah Al Lubnani (“the Lebanese”) is one of the most senior al Qaeda leaders to defect to the Islamic State since the two jihadist organizations split in early 2014. Lubnani was once a top security official for al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But after being...

2nd May 2016 - The National Interest

Iran: Former IRGC Commander Reveals Its Meddling in Elections

Amir Toumaj

Mansour Haghighatpour, an Iranian parliamentarian and former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, told a reformist-leaning newspaper last month that the IRGC had tried to leverage its political and financial influence to prevent his reelection in parliamentary elections two...

2nd May 2016 - The Huffington Post

Hate Preachers on Qatar Campus: Obama Gives Qatar Undeserved A+ on Fighting Incitement

David Andrew Weinberg

“Kill the infidels... Count them in number and do not spare one.” Blatant religious incitement of this sort feels like such a caricature of radical Islam that it borders on the implausible. Yet it is happening right under the noses of six prestigious American universities on their...

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