Analysis & Commentary

10th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Photos of Training Camp in Eastern Syria

Bill Roggio

The al Qaeda branch is operating camps in Syria despite US airstrikes, which have not targeted the group since Sept. 22.

10th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

AQAP Capitalizes on the Chaos in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Two coordinated suicide attacks believed to be carried out by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Thursday left at least 63 people dead in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as well as in the eastern Hadramout province.

9th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike al Qaeda Hub in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Bill Roggio

The US has launched five strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in five days, indicating that the hunt is on for a senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist leader or operative.

9th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Suicide Attacks Kill Scores in Sana’a and Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Simultaneous suicide attacks in Sana'a and Hadramout left at least 63 people dead today in Yemen.

9th October 2014 - War On The Rocks

The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive and Abu Umar al-Shishani

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent gains in Iraq’s Anbar province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have, justifiably, garnered a great deal of media attention.

9th October 2014 - Politico

Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Kurdish town of Kobane in western Syria is under siege by the Islamic State

9th October 2014 - Now Lebanon

Sooner or later, Hezbollah Will Push Lebanon Over the Edge

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is aggressively putting out the message that it is willing to heat things up on the border.

8th October 2014 - The Washington Times

The Truth About Diversity

Clifford D. May

In theory, we Americans are great proponents of diversity. In practice, how many of us stop to seriously consider the meaning of the word? If peoples really are diverse – if we differ not just about clothes and cuisine but over ideas, values, interests, morality, and human rights -- that...

8th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Conducts Offensive Against Yemeni Military in Baydah

Oren Adaki

AQAP continues to attack security personnel in central and southern Yemen as the government is weakened by the Houthi rebellion.

7th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Another 2 Drone Strikes in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The strike in the Shawal Valley is the third attack in the jihadist haven in the past three days.

7th October 2014 - The Jewish Chronicle

Soon, Only Obstacle to an Iranian Bomb Will Be the Israeli Air Force

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is no sign of an agreement.

7th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Sanctions Relief Backfires, Benefitting the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Sanctions relief, according to the White House and supporters of the current negotiating strategy with Iran, empowers the pragmatic and allegedly moderate camp in Tehran, which in turn paves the path for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

6th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Amid Sweden Crisis, Are Europe’s Social Democratic Parties Shifting Against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The diplomatic crisis between Israel and Sweden over the Scandinavian country’s recognition of “Palestine” as an independent state has brought a shift among European Social Democratic parties against Israel’s interests front-and-center into the foreign policy sphere.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches 2 more Drone Strikes in North and South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Thirteen people are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in the Shawal Valley in South Waziristan. The area is a known transit point for fighters entering Afghanistan.

5th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Group Urges Jihadists in Iraq and Syria ‘to Reconcile’

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid al Khorasani, a top leader in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, offered to help mediate the dispute between the Islamic State and the Al Nusrah Front and other jihadist rivals.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads Another Brit, Threatens American Aid Worker

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State carried through on its threat to execute British aid worker Alan Henning, and said former US Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig is next.

3rd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist Group Loyal to Taliban, al Qaeda Claims to Have Captured Afghan District

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Both the Taliban and Junood al Fida, a jihadist group loyal to the Taliban and al Qaeda, have claimed that the Registan district in the southern Kandahar province has fallen to the jihadists. Afghan officials quickly denied the claim as "exaggerated."

3rd October 2014 - The Weekly Standard


Reuel Marc Gerecht

The great medieval historian Ibn Khaldun centered his understanding of history on asabiyya, which is perhaps best translated as esprit de corps mixed with the will to power.

3rd October 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Democracy in China?

Claudia Rosett

Should it matter to the rest of us that Hong Kong has erupted this past week with demonstrations for democracy?


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