Analysis & Commentary

9th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

Ali Alfoneh, Behnam Ben Taleblu

There is “nothing to congratulate,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday, breaking his silence over a nuclear framework agreement signed with international negotiators a week earlier in Switzerland.

9th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Libya Relaunches Social Media Sites

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Sharia Libya, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group notorious for its role in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, relaunched its social media presence in late March. The group set up several official Twitter feeds to promote its propaganda, including messages from its new...

9th April 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of ‘Lying,’ Being ‘Deceptive,’ and Having ‘Devilish’ Intentions

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama has long known that the real decision maker in Iran is Ayatollah Khamenei, the so-called supreme leader. While other Iranian officials have negotiated with Western powers over the mullahs’ nuclear program, Khamenei’s opinion is the only one that really counts. It is for...

9th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Pragmatism Trumps Principles on Erdogan’s Iran Visit

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the Iranian capital on Tuesday amidst rising tension between Ankara and Tehran. The trip – which occurred despite vehement opposition by Iranian hardliners – underscores that the two neighbors’ economic relationship remains too important...

9th April 2015 - The National Review

The Flexible-Fuel Solution

James Woolsey

Negotiators in Geneva appear to be sleepwalking into a Sunni–Shia nuclear arms race, so a bad neighborhood — as former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak so memorably described the Middle East — is likely to get much worse. The Islamic State’s Mesopotamic marauding is adding...

8th April 2015 - The National Interest

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan’s Shameless Power Play

Merve Tahiroglu

A row erupted within Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 21, after the deputy prime minister brazenly condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for stepping outside his boundaries by criticizing the government’s Kurdish peace process.

8th April 2015 - The National Herald

The Iranian Nuclear Threat and Greek-Israeli Relations

Benjamin Weinthal

Two items in the March 7 issue of The National Herald, an editorial, “Netanyahu’s Pyrrhic Victory” and an opinion piece, “A National Disgrace: Boehner Undermines the President,” take sharp aim at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 address to a joint session of...

8th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Soldier Kills American in Insider Attack

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier opened fire on US troops in eastern Afghanistan today, killing one and wounding several more. The insider or green-on-blue attack, where a member of the Afghan security forces kills Coalition personnel, is the second of its kind recorded this year.

8th April 2015 - The Jewish Chronicle

Iran Agreement: Tehran Gives the V-Sign

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If it is implemented, the preliminary framework for a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, agreed on last week in Lausanne, will be a great victory for the Islamic Republic and its aspirations.

8th April 2015 - The Washington Times

The Win-Win delusion

Clifford D. May

The West Capitulates.” That was the headline on an article by Ibrahim al-Amin, editor of the Lebanese daily al-Akbar. He elaborated: “Victors and vanquished. This is the truth of conflicts in the world since ancient times. Only those who live with their eyes closed believe conflicts end...

7th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Reportedly a Suspect in Killing of Ugandan Prosecutor

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee named Jamal Kiyemba has been arrested as a suspect in the assassination of Joan Kagezi, a senior counterterrorism prosecutor in Uganda. At the time of her death late last month, Kagezi was playing a lead role in the trial of 12 men who are accused of taking part in...

7th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Al Furqan Foundation to List of Terrorist Entities

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added the Al Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust to the list of terrorist entities today. Al Furqan, which is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, funds al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban, and has been directly linked to a notorious jihadist who is a leader in...

6th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban laud Mullah Omar in ‘biography’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released an adulatory biography of Mullah Mohammd Omar that states he is “still the leader in the present hierarchy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” In addition to pumping up Omar, the Taliban outlined its current organizational structure in the release.

6th April 2015 - The National Interest

Rand Paul Slams Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

Senator Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, rode into the Senate chamber in 2010 on a Tea Party movement that took U.S. politics by storm and caused considerable concern among the mainstream Republican rank-and-file. Although he’s only been in the Senate for a little over four...

3rd April 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

President Obama believes that the nuclear “framework” concluded Friday in Switzerland is a historic achievement. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, says he believes the same. Those two positions are incompatible.

3rd April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda takes control of eastern Yemeni city

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of Mukallah, the capital of Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramout, just one day after storming several government buildings and freeing hundreds of prisoners, including a senior commander.

3rd April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Nonstop: Tehran to Sana’a

Oren Adaki

Iran is delivering arms to Yemen using Pouya Air, an airline previously designated by the United States, according to an Israeli media report on Tuesday.

3rd April 2015 - The New York Daily News

Despite Nuclear Deal, Can Iran be Trusted?

Jonathan Schanzer

After grueling negotiations in Switzerland that stretched on for more than a week — two days beyond the initial deadline — Iran has negotiated permanent sanctions relief in exchange for temporary constraints on its nuclear activity.

3rd April 2015 - Quartz

Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran Puts the World’s Safety at Risk

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

On April 2 officials announced they had agreed on “key parameters” for the long-anticipated nuclear deal between the United States, its allies, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Coincidentally, just as the Obama administration’s Middle East policy is in complete meltdown, with Sunni...

2nd April 2015 - Washington Examiner

Iran nuclear deal an abject capitulation

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, is an abject capitulation of Western interests and a sure pathway to a cascade of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.


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