Analysis & Commentary


23rd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Benghazi Suspect Killed in Mosul, Pentagon Says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon said today that Ali Awni al Harzi, a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was killed on June 15 by an American airstrike in Mosul, Iraq.

22nd June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Assault Afghan Parliament, Take Two Districts in Kunduz

Bill Roggio

The Taliban claimed credit for today’s attack in the capital on its website, Voice of Jihad, stating that “multiple martyrdom seekers of [the] Islamic Emirate … armed with heavy and light weapons” assaulted the heavily secured seat of government.

22nd June 2015 - The National Interest - Co-written by Oren Adaki

Meet Saudi Arabia’s Biggest (and Most Controversial) Twitter Star

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia is changing, some say. The authoritarian desert kingdom is becoming more responsive to the will of its people and the demands of the global information economy, say others. This idea is rooted in the notion that technology is forcing the austere monarchy to join the Internet...

21st June 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Over 100 Jihadist Training Camps Identified in Iraq and Syria

Bill Roggio

The number of training camps operated by jihadists inside Iraq and Syria continues to rise. The Long War Journal has identified more than 100 in the two countries. While not all of these facilities may be currently operational, the proliferation of camps by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah...

21st June 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Israeli Envoy to Germany Asks if Breaking the Silence Spreads Anti-Semitism

Benjamin Weinthal

After the Cologne Municipality reversed its cancellation of an exhibit from the Breaking the Silence NGO, Israel’s ambassador asked whether the anti-IDF exhibit will encourage hatred of Jews.

19th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Fundamental Flaws of the Emerging Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Under the emerging Iran nuclear agreement, there is an inherent asymmetry between an expanding Iranian nuclear program and diminishing economic leverage.

19th June 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The IRGC v Rohani: Spy v Spy

Ali Alfoneh

While the United States has pinned its hopes for a ne­gotiated solution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme on Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s government, the “shadow govern­ment” run by the Islamic Revo­lutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is actively undermining his...

19th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Says Mokhtar Belmokhtar is ‘Alive and Well’

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official branch of al Qaeda, has posted a statement on Twitter saying that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran jihadist, is “alive and well.” AQIM refers to Belmokhtar as Khaled Abou El Abbas, a name he has long used, in the message.

19th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee is Brother of AQAP’s New Top Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that its leader, Nasir al Wuhayshi, had been killed in a US drone strike. A new emir for the group was named in short order: Qasim al Raymi.

18th June 2015 - NOW Lebanon

Assad Wants the Druze for Cannon Fodder

Tony Badran

Apologists for the Assad regime and its dupes in the West claim the regime is the protector of minorities.

17th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Learning from Rafsanjani’s Memoirs

Ali Alfoneh

Secretary of State John Kerry broke with years of U.S. and international policy on Tuesday, indicating that revealing past details of possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran’s nuclear program would be unnecessary to secure a final deal with Tehran.

17th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan Province Beheads Former Shura Member Who Defected Back to the Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State’s Khorasan province brutally executed one of its former shura members, purportedly for defecting back to the Taliban last month. The execution, as well as the assassination of the Taliban’s shadow governor for Nangarhar province, likely by the Islamic State, preceded a...

17th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Executes Alleged ‘Spies’ Blamed for Leaders’ Deaths

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has publicly executed at least two men who were accused of serving as spies for Saudi Arabia and the US. Some accounts say as many as four men have been executed.

17th June 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

In Defence of the Senate

Sheryl Saperia

The Senate has faced vociferous attack in recent weeks. Accusations abound that an appointed Senate has no right to dissent from Conservative MP Michael Chong’s Reform Act, which was approved by a majority of members of Parliament in the elected House of Commons. The Mike Duffy trial...

17th June 2015 - The Jerusalem Post - co-written with Sam Sokol

Children Raised in Nazi Period Carried Forward Anti-Semitism, Study Says

Benjamin Weinthal

The 12 years of Nazism (1933-1945) inculcated young Germans with anti-Jewish ideas that continued after the defeat of Hitler, according to a new study on anti-Semitism.

17th June 2015 - The Washington Times

The Road to ‘Entropy on a Scale Not Seen in Centuries’

Clifford D. May

Lt. Gen Michael T. Flynn (ret.) served 33 years in the U.S. Army. Being named President Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 was the culmination of his career. He thought his job was to relate facts, not fables. It soon became clear that his superiors didn’t agree....

16th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Chastise Islamic State for Dividing Jihadist Ranks in Afghanistan and Beyond

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban released a statement today from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the “deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate [of Afghanistan] and acting head of the Leadership Council,” to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State, that demanded the Islamic State fight under...

16th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Confirms Death of Senior Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group’s most senior leader. Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month.

16th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

South Africa Flubs its Chance at Justice for Bashir

Laura Grossman

Suspected war criminals scored a victory Monday as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir defied a South African judge’s order and fled the country back to Khartoum. Despite two outstanding arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Bashir landed in Johannesburg on Saturday to...

16th June 2015 - Foreign Affairs - Co-authored by Amir Tibon

The Death and Life of the Two-State Solution

Grant Rumley

On March 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, thanks in part to a desperate last-minute pledge to his right-wing base that the Palestinians would never get a state so long as he was in power. After the election, he tried to walk his comments back, but Palestinian...

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