Analysis & Commentary


21st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Taliban Hawala, Owner, and Commander To Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury designation added the Pakistan-based Basir Zarjmil Hawala and its owner Haji Abdul Basir, along with a Taliban commander known as Qari Rahmat to the US government's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

21st August 2014 - Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Gaza Defeat Threatens Hamas and Iranian Regime

Michael Ledeen

Why can’t Hamas abide by the ceasefire? Because of the possible consequences of defeat for themselves, the Qataris and the Iranians.

21st August 2014 - The National Post

James Foley is a Martyr For a Civilization That Has Renounced Martyrdom

Jonathan Kay

20th August 2014 - The National Interest

Middle East Watchers: Keep Your Eye on Majid Faraj

Grant Rumley

There was a moment in July when the cease-fire talks in Cairo were on uneasy footing.

20th August 2014 - The Washington Times

Gen. Flynn’s Warning

Clifford D. May

Two recent interviews have been the topic of lively debate within the so-called foreign policy community.

20th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launched Raid in Syria To Rescue American Hostages Held By Islamic State

Bill Roggio

The raid failed to rescue "a number of American hostages held in Syria" by the Islamic State, the Department of Defense's spokesman said today.

20th August 2014 - Foreign Policy

Lying Down With Dogs

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel's Shin Bet security service claimed on Aug. 18 that it thwarted a Hamas-led coup in the West Bank designed to topple Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.

19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Repels Iraqi Military’s 3rd Attempt to Retake Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi forces broke off their advance on Tikrit after taking heavy fire from Islamic State fighters based in and around the capital of Salahaddin province.

19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Government Adds Gaza-Based Jihadist ‘Umbrella’ Group to Terrorist Designation Lists

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government today added the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) to the foreign terrorist organization list and labeled the group a specially designated global terrorist entity.

19th August 2014 - MilitaryEdge.org

Hamas Infiltration Tunnels

Patrick Megahan

Since the start of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on July 17, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) discovered and destroyed 32 tunnels built by the terrorist group Hamas.

19th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads American Reporter

Bill Roggio

James Wright Foley, a journalist who was captured in Syria by the Islamic State in November 2012, was executed on camera. The Islamic State threatened to kill another captive American reporter if the US military does not halt its air campaign against the jihadist group in northern Iraq.

19th August 2014 - The Weekly Standard

An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Airpower Supports Peshmerga, Iraqi Forces to Retake Mosul Dam

Bill Roggio

President Obama expanded the US military mission in Iraq to include protecting "critical infrastructure" and supporting Iraqi Army and Peshmerga offensive military operations in northern Iraq.

18th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Al Nusrah Front Leaders to List of Global Terrorists

Bill Roggio

Abu Muhammed al Adnani is the Islamic State's controversial spokesman. Said Arif is a seasoned jihadist who has traveled to several battlefields and is now with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria.

18th August 2014 - The National Interest

Time for the EU to Outlaw All of Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

On July 18, barely two years after a Hezbollah suicide bomber murdered five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver outside a Bulgarian airport, investigators announced that they had identified him as the Lebanese-French dual national Mohamad Hassan El-Husseini.

18th August 2014 - National Post

William Schabas’ Casual Anti-Israeli Bias Makes Him a Perfect Fit For a UN ‘Fact-Finding’ Inquiry

Jonathan Kay

Not too long ago, Canadians would have been beaming with pride at the news that one of their own — renowned international human-rights law expert William Schabas — had been appointed to head up a UN commission that will investigate possible war crimes committed by Israel and the...

17th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Quetta Airbase Attacks Carried Out By Pakistani Taliban, IMU

Bill Roggio

The spokesman for Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of the Taliban in Mohmand, said the Quetta airbase attacks were executed with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

17th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Seeks to Capitalize on Anti-Israeli Sentiment in New English-Language Magazine

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a new English-language magazine titled, "Palestine, betrayal of the guilty conscience." As in past AQAP publications, the magazine includes instructions for building pressure cooker bombs and car bombs.

17th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The airstrike took place in a province in eastern Yemen where the terror group has been battling the government for control.

16th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Laud Afghan Soldier Who Killed US General

Bill Roggio

The Taliban described Rafiqullah, the Afghan soldier who killed Major General Harold Greene, deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, as a "martyr."

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