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21st January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Freed Former al Qaeda Operative Was Part of Intelligence Dispute

Thomas Joscelyn

The story of how Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri was first identified and arrested became a key part of the dispute between Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the CIA. Al Marri, who was recently released from a US prison, admitted that he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent....

21st January 2015 - The Washington Times

The Case for Deadline-Triggered Sanctions

Clifford D. May

Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins.

20th January 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

How Congress Can Use Its Leverage on Iran

David B. Rivkin

Nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. recommenced Jan. 14, ahead of full international talks with senior officials from the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany two days later.

20th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Former al Qaeda Operative Freed, Sent Home to Qatar

David Andrew Weinberg

Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, who served as an al Qaeda sleeper operative, has been released from an American prison and returned to Qatar.

20th January 2015 - Forbes

Alberto Nisman’s Warning About Iran

Claudia Rosett

Beyond puzzling over the circumstances, is there any response the U.S. can make to the sudden death this past weekend of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman?

20th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Waning Public Support for Tehran’s Nuclear Aspirations

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s regime is at odds with itself over the costs and benefits of its controversial nuclear program.

19th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Argentine Prosecutor Found Dead, Fought Iran-Backed Terror Around World

Thomas Joscelyn

Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (the AMIA building) in Argentina, has been found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. Nisman was famous in intelligence and law enforcement circles for amassing evidence that...

19th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Qods Force General Killed in Suspected Israeli Airstrike

Ali Alfoneh, Bill Roggio

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was assigned to help Hezbollah and Syria battle jihadist groups.

18th January 2015 - Long War Journal

Hezbollah commanders killed in suspected Israeli airstrike

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah announced the death of six of its commanders and fighters, including the son of its slain former military chief Imad Mughniyah, in what is believed to be an Israeli airstrike in southern Syria.

17th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Leads Contingent of Islamic State Fighters in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Raouf Khadim, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, leads a contingent of fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Helmand, Afghanistan. Raouf and another top Taliban commander were previously forced out of their positions in the Taliban's hierarchy. According to a leaked threat assessment, the...

16th January 2015 - Fox News

Europe Needs Straight Talk About Radical Islam

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe’s timid approach to Islamic terrorism imploded last week with the horrific jihadi-animated murder of 17 men and women in Paris, including most of the cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo weekly.

16th January 2015 - PJ Media

The Citizen’s Guide to Regime Change

Michael Ledeen

All of a sudden, it’s OK to talk seriously about regime change in Iran and even elsewhere. It had been a taboo subject since the final years of the G.W. Bush administration, aside from yours truly, a few friends such as Bill Kristol and Bob Kagan, and the Washington Post editors, who...

16th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Reported Ban of Haqqani Network Unlikely to End Pakistan’s Support of Group

Bill Roggio

Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba have previously been banned in Pakistan, but continue to receive the support of the military and intelligence establishment.

16th January 2015 - The National Interest

The Turkey-Hamas Nexus

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Israel’s Foreign Ministry praised Qatar for purportedly expelling Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal from Doha.

15th January 2015 - Business Insider

Hezbollah, Iran, And The Assad Regime Are Trying To Cash In On The Paris Attacks

Tony Badran

France’s pain is an opportunity for others to gain.

15th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 ‘Uzbeks’ in South Waziristan

Bill Roggio

Seven "militants" are reported to have been killed in a strike on a compound in an area administered by Sajna Mehsud.

15th January 2015 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Are Jews Safe in Europe?

Benjamin Weinthal

Last week's terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris underscored a fear that has been growing in recent years: Europe is no longer safe for Jews.

14th January 2015 - The Washington Times

From Salman Rushdie to Charlie Hebdo

Clifford D. May

Let’s get a few things straight: The slaughter of eight satirical journalists in Paris last week was not a tragedy. It was an atrocity.

14th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released video, a senior AQAP official states his organization planned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices. AQAP chose the target and financed the operation, he says.

14th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Continues to Slaughter Nigerians

Laura Grossman

Boko Haram has continued its murderous rampage against civilians and security personnel. While concentrated in northeastern Nigeria, the group's recent attacks have also targeted Cameroon and its security apparatus.

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