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17th March 2016 - The Daily Beast

Osama bin Laden’s ‘Bookshelf’ Reveals al Qaeda’s Long Game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

When 113 new documents recovered in 2011 during the fatal raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, became publicly available earlier this month, perhaps the most noteworthy insight they offered was the extent of the strategic patience, to borrow a phrase from the Obama...

17th March 2016 - Huffington Post

Who Won the February Elections in Iran? Not the Moderates

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Reformists did not win Iran's elections in February, but they certainly dominated the headlines. Judging by the coverage in major U.S. news outlets, the Islamic Republic's first elections since last summer's nuclear deal resulted in a resounding victory for the forces of democracy,...

17th March 2016 - PJ Media

What’s Putin Up To in Syria?

Michael Ledeen

Why are the Russians flying many of their warplanes out of Syria? Are they short of cash? Do they need the planes for some other nefarious scheme, or is this some sort of deception? After all, they are maintaining both an air base and a military port in Syria, so perhaps they are just...

16th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State uses 2 women in suicide attack at Nigerian mosque

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State West Africa (ISWA), which is formerly known as Boko Haram, killed more than 20 people in a double suicide attack at a mosque in northern Nigeria. Both suicide bombers were women. ISWA has used women in 105 suicide attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries since June...

16th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda insider returns to Twitter, discusses group’s global leadership

Thomas Joscelyn

An al Qaeda media operative known as Shaybat al Hukama returned to Twitter on Feb. 15. Hukama’s account has been shuttered several times, only to reappear under a new handle after each suspension. Hukama has used his social media accounts to provide new information about al Qaeda’s...

16th March 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

After Saddam Was Hanged

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, no voice arguing for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein had greater moral weight than that of Kanan Makiya. As Dexter Filkins put it in a 2007 New York Times Magazine profile of the Iraqi-American intellectual, he “made the case for invading because it was...

16th March 2016 - The Washington Times

Call it genocide

Clifford D. May

In the Yemeni port city of Aden earlier this month, Islamists attacked a Catholic home for the indigent elderly. The militants, believed to be soldiers of the Islamic State, shot the security guard, then entered the facility where they gunned down the old people and their care-givers,...

15th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist propaganda outlet denies Islamic State military commander killed in US airstrike

Bill Roggio

A jihadist propaganda outlet that is linked to the Islamic State has denied the US killed Omar al Shishani, a senior military commander, in an airstrike last week. Shishani’s status has been uncertain since the US announced it targeted him last week, and it is still unknown if he is dead,...

14th March 2016 - The Daily Beast

Palestine’s Anti-Corruption Crusader

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The biggest political standoff in years just ended in the West Bank and barely anyone in Washington noticed.

14th March 2016 - The National Interest

The Case for Suspending the Visa Waiver Program for Iranians

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian court recently sentenced to death Babak Zanjani and his associate, Mehdi Shamszadeh, for their alleged role in embezzling billions of dollars of Oil Ministry revenues while running overseas networks of front companies designed to circumvent international sanctions.

13th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front raids rebel group’s headquarters in Idlib province, seizes weapons

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Nusrah Front and the 13th Division, a Syrian rebel group that has received US-made anti-tank TOW missiles, clashed in the past two days. The two sides have fought in Maarat al Numan, a town in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, as well as in the surrounding area.

11th March 2016 - The National Interest

America Risks Another Flawed Deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile drills continue to present a problem without an effective solution. Specifically, last month, three former U.S. government officials called in the National Interest for a plan linking “pressure and diplomacy” to address Iran’s missile program.

11th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda provided feedback on Pakistani Taliban’s charter

Bill Roggio

Two top al Qaeda leaders provided detailed feedback on the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s charter, according to one of the 113 documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound and released by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence last week. The document,...

11th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Former Egyptian special forces officer calls on scholars to support al Qaeda’s jihad

Thomas Joscelyn

Hisham Ali Ashmawi, a former Egyptian special forces officer who is openly loyal to al Qaeda, released an audio message earlier this month in which he called on scholars to support the jihadists’ cause.

10th March 2016 - The Washington Post

Erdoğan ya Politikalarını Değiştirmeli ya da İstifa Etmeli

Eric S. Edelman

Türkiye, Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın liderliğinde gittikçe otoriter ve istikrarsız bir ülkeye dönüştü.

10th March 2016 - The Washington Post

Turkey’s Erdogan must reform or resign

Eric S. Edelman

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has steadily descended into authoritarianism and instability.

10th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

US adds 2 HIG explosive experts to list of global terrorists

Bill Roggio

The two Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) explosive experts who were designated today are Abdul Saboor and Abdullah Nowbahar. At the end of February 2015, State’s Rewards for Justice program offered $3 million for information leading to Saboor’s arrest, and $2 million for information on...

10th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Weapons Smuggling in the Arabian Peninsula Continues

David Andrew Weinberg

An American-led maritime coalition recently intercepted a fishing boat carrying weapons off the coast of Oman, according to news reports on Monday.

10th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

US special operations forces raid Shabaab in southern Somalia

Bill Roggio

Just days after the US military struck a Shabaab training camp north of Mogadishu, special operations forces and Somali troops launched a raid near the Somali capital overnight. Details are scarce, but Shabaab has reported that one of its fighters was killed in the firefight. Somali...

10th March 2016 - Forbes

Who’s A Fascist? Not Donald Trump

Michael Ledeen

No, Donald Trump isn’t a fascist. And the efforts of a considerable number of columnists, reporters, and even university professors to make him out to be a second Hitler or Mussolini testifies, I think, to their ignorance about fascism.

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