Analysis & Commentary


6th August 2014 - PJ Media

Iran’s War, and Ours, From Gaza to Caracas

Michael Ledeen

“The whole world knows that the main source of the weapons serving the resistance is Iran.”

5th August 2014 - The New York Times

Washington Needs to Help Cut Off Outside Aid to Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

To help bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Washington needs to stop thinking about redrawing the map for a while, and start following the money.

5th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Insider Attack at Kabul Base Kills US Major General, Wounds 16 Troops Including Senior Coalition…

Bill Roggio

An Afghan soldier fired at fairly close range on Coalition and Afghan troops during a key leader engagement at an Afghan military training facility near Kabul, killing a US major general and injuring a German general as well as US, British, and Afghan troops.

5th August 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

Lessons for Canada from the Gaza War

Sheryl Saperia

While Israel battles Hamas both above and below ground, Canada should evaluate its own counter-terrorism strategies and foreign policy in light of the particular dynamics of this war.

5th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Baloch Jihadist Group in Southern Afghanistan Announces Death of Commander

Bill Roggio

Junood al Fida, a jihadist group from Baluchistan, Pakistan that fights in Afghanistan, swore allegiance to the Taliban and called Ayman al Zawahiri its emir in July.

4th August 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

US-Qatar Alliance: Under Strain?

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar, a tiny Persian Gulf petropower, is known to exert outsized influence in the Middle East.

4th August 2014 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

Warriors in Gray Suits

Mark Dubowitz

Economic sanctions are now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order.

4th August 2014 - New York Daily News

Behind Europe’s Anti-Semitic Slurs

Benjamin Weinthal

A Belgian doctor refuses to provide emergency medical care to a Jewish woman, telling her, “I’m not coming . . . Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she’ll get rid of the pain.”

4th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Herat Police Chief Accuses Iran of Ramping Up Attacks in Western Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Herat's chief of police accused Iran of supporting the Taliban's killing spree in the province, which included the murder of two Finnish aid workers.

4th August 2014 - Foreign Policy

Hamas’s BFFs

Jonathan Schanzer

The next time there is an effort to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel -- and there will be a next time -- Qatar and Turkey should be sitting at the table beside Hamas, not among the respected diplomats trying to engage in honest statecraft.

3rd August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Takes Control of Sinjar, Mosul Dam in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Kurdish forces are reported to have fled Sinjar and the Mosul Dam after minimal fighting. The town of Zumar was abandoned after heavy clashes.

1st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: What the Gaza War Means for Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the war in Gaza continues, Iran's political, military, and religious calculations ascribe similar but not identical values to the ongoing conflict. The ways in which Iranian leaders codify events on the ground vary depending on their interests at home and abroad.

1st August 2014 - The National Post

This War Was Supposed to ‘isolate’ Israel. Instead, the opposite happened

Jonathan Kay

“The world stands disgraced” was the banner headline that Britain’s Guardian newspaper put on Thursday’s front page — a quote from a UN official outraged after Israeli shelling killed 15 civilians at a school being used as a shelter in Gaza.

1st August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Ansar al Sharia Ally A Key Figure in Benghazi Security Failures

Thomas Joscelyn

A key figure in the security failures surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya is fighting alongside members of Ansar al Sharia, which is one of the terrorist groups responsible for the assault on the U.S. mission and annex that night.

1st August 2014 - Now Media

Hamas’s Return To The Resistance Axis

Tony Badran

31st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah ‘Trainer’ Killed During Fighting in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah, which helped establish Shia terror groups in Iraq beginning in 2005, said that Ibrahim al Hajj, a trainer, was killed while "performing his jihadi duties" in Tal Afar.

31st July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Mends Relations with Hamas

Ali Alfoneh

Arm Hamas. That was the main message of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan.

31st July 2014 - Foreign Policy

Zawahiri’s Revenge

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- which has now rebranded itself "the Islamic State" (IS) -- is trying to position itself as the new leader of the global jihadist movement.

30th July 2014 - The Washington Times

Advice to Israelis: Endure the Slander

Clifford D. May

Hamas wants to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. It’s been doing all it can to achieve that objective, for example launching missiles at Israel’s international airport and constructing tunnels to infiltrate terrorists into Israeli communities for the purpose of slaughtering and...

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Well-Connected Jihadist Tweets, Then Deletes, Explanation of al Qaeda’s Oath to Mullah Omar

Thomas Joscelyn

A Twitter user known as "Shaybat al Hukama" tweeted, and then quickly deleted, his explanation of al Qaeda's relationship with the Taliban. Al Hukama appears to be well-connected to al Qaeda media operatives and leaders.

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