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3rd August 2016 - The Washington Times

Curb your socialism

Clifford D. May

Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn’t join any club that would have him as a member. Bernie Sanders last week turned that on its head, saying he wouldn’t remain a member of any party that wouldn’t have him as its leader.

2nd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

US targeted AQAP operatives in 4 airstrikes in July

Bill Roggio

The US military launched at least four airstrikes against al Qaeda’s network in Yemen during the month of July, according to statements released by US Central command (CENTCOM). Eleven members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were killed in the strikes, all which took place in...

2nd August 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: The rise of German academic BDS

Benjamin Weinthal

A German university seminar designed to teach that Israel harvests Palestinians’ organs ignited a new debate about anti-Semitism this week. There is, however, a kind of poverty to the discussion.

2nd August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban denies Helmand’s shadow governor killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

The Taliban denied reports that both its shadow governor for Helmand province and his military commander were killed in a US airstrike in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The Afghan government has a questionable track record when reporting on the deaths of Taliban commanders.

1st August 2016 - The Long War Journal

US airstrikes target Islamic State stronghold in Libya

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US military acknowledged today that it has targeted the Islamic State’s Libyan arm in the city of Sirte. The air strikes are part of an effort to deal a blow to the jihadist group in its largest base of operations inside Libya.

31st July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab strikes police department headquarters in Mogadishu

Bill Roggio

Earlier today, Shabaab launched a large-scale suicide assault on Somalia’s Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) headquarters in Mogadishu. The attack, which is the second of its kind in Somalia’s capital in the past week, left at least six people dead and several others wounded....

31st July 2016 - Forbes

The Pope’s War

Michael Ledeen

It’s not a religious war, according to His Holiness. Economic, yes. Political, sure. But not religious, because religious people want peace. That’s what he said to journalists on his plane to Auschwitz. Really.

29th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Deterring Gulf States from backing the new Al Nusrah Front

David Andrew Weinberg

Al Nusrah Front – Al Qaeda’s largest branch in its history – announced yesterday that it was changing its name to the Levant Conquest Front, a group it claimed would have “no relationship with any foreign party.”

29th July 2016 - FDD Research

Iran’s Breakout Time Drops Below Administration Benchmarks

Olli Heinonen

Iran plans to manufacture and install additional advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility in about 10 years, substantially boosting the country’s uranium-enrichment capability, according to a confidential document leaked last week by the Associated Press.

29th July 2016 - Jewish Journal

One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler

A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program.

28th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Behind the Veneer of Cross-Party Unity, Erdogan Cements Power

Aykan Erdemir

All three of Turkey’s main opposition parties opposed the coup attempt on July 15, and the government has taken pains to show its gratitude.

28th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Iraq’s PM establishes Popular Mobilization Front as a permanent ‘independent military formation’

Bill Roggio, Amir Toumaj

The Iraqi government has officially incorporated the Iranian-supported Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) as an “independent military formation” in Iraqi’s security forces. The move, which was approved by Iraq’s prime minister in February, is disturbing as it establishes the PMF as a...

28th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Al Nusrah Front rebrands itself as Jabhat Fath Al Sham

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani, the emir of Al Nusrah Front, delivered a short statement today concerning his organization’s future. He read his message in a video that was rebroadcasted by television stations throughout the Middle East, publicly showing his face for first time. In previous...

27th July 2016 - Fox News

Europe terror attacks spotlight security failings amid refugee crisis

Benjamin Weinthal

The European policy Germans call “Willkommenskultur” -- the enthusiastic embrace of refugees from Syria and other Muslim-majority countries -- has morphed into a summer of terror.

27th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Terrorists in Normandy swore allegiance to Baghdadi before attacking church

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has released a video purportedly featuring the two terrorists responsible for attacking a church in Normandy, France yesterday. The assailants killed an elderly priest during a morning mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, took several people hostage, and...

27th July 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Terrorists in our backyard: the Hezbollah threat in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In Latin America, the combination of weak governments, porous borders, widespread corruption, and the lack of adequate legislative tools to combat terror finance creates an ideal environment for transnational organized crime.

27th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The problem with globalism

Clifford D. May

“Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.” That line from Donald Trump’s long and emphatic speech to the Republican National Convention last Thursday jumped out at me. I think I know what he meant: that he prioritizes America’s national interests above those of the wider world....

26th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Attacks in France and Germany claimed by Islamic State propaganda arm

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for two attacks in Europe. The first was a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany on July 24. More than one dozen people were injured, some of them seriously, when a bomber self-detonated outside of a music festival.

26th July 2016 - PJ Media

Who’s Hillary’s Hacker And Why?

Michael Ledeen

The Twitter crowd has devoted a lot of bandwith to the theory that the Wikileaks dump on the DNC is a Russian operation.

26th July 2016 - Foreign Affairs

The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This month, Europe has again been rocked by a series of shocking terrorist attacks perpetrated by lone individuals and claimed in the name of the Islamic State (ISIS).

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