Analysis & Commentary


18th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Iran Spawns New Jihadist Group In Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer

Hesn, a new Shia jihadi group in Gaza, is Iran's latest effort to maintain influence on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

18th June 2014 - The Washington Times

Years of Living Dangerously

Clifford D. May

Iraq is just one corner of the barbaric new world envisioned by ISIS and other jihadists.

17th June 2014 - AFPC

The Strategic Logic Of Iran’s Nuclear Drive

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It would be fair to say that history has not been kind to Iran. The gap between its glorious imperial past and its present status as an isolated and vilified power has only widened in the decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds AQAP Leader Involved in Embassy Plot to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added a top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who has been involved in plots to targeted US diplomatic facilities in Yemen and worldwide as...

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Shabaab Launches 2 Attacks Along Kenya’s Coast

Laura Grossman

Although Shabaab claimed responsibility for two recent attacks in Kenyan coastal towns, the government blamed the attacks on "local political networks."

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Celebrate Release of Influential Ideologue from Jordanian Prison

Thomas Joscelyn

The jihadist ideologue known as Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi has been released from a Jordanian prison. Officials in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, and other jihadists are celebrating Maqdisi's release.

16th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Quiet War Minister

Thomas Joscelyn

As the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) rampages through Iraq with the help of allied forces, one personality remains characteristically quiet: the group's war...

16th June 2014 - The National Interest

When America’s Enemies Are Also Its Friends

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. attempts to coordinate with Iran in Iraq are a reminder of the growing role of allies that are adversaries, too.

15th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Launches ‘Comprehensive Operation Against Foreign and Local Terrorists’ in North Waziristan

Bill Roggio

The Pakistani military has launched what it described as a "comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists" in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North..

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: ISIS, Allies Reviving ‘Baghdad Belts’ Battle Plan

Bill Roggio

The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all...

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill AQAP Commander, 4 Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander and four fighters in the second recorded drone strike in southern Yemen this month. Earlier today, the...

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Sharia Tunisia Leader Says Gains in Iraq Should be Cause for Jihadist Reconciliation

Thomas Joscelyn

The head of Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, Abu Iyad al Tunisi, has released a statement calling for reconciliation between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) and other jihadist...

14th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

Merve Tahiroglu

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- “Sham” is Arabic for the Levant) took over the key Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11. Northern Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as the...

13th June 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Their 9/11 Role

Thomas Joscelyn

One of the five senior Taliban leaders transferred to Qatar in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

12th June 2014 - The National Review

Is the Obama Administration About to Strike a Deal with Another Terrorist Regime?

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration’s lack of transparency and failure to notice Congress about the release of Bowe Bergdahl...

12th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS’ Advance Halted at Samarra

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's rapid advance southward to Baghdad after taking control of Mosul just three days ago appears to have been halted outside of the...

11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS Takes Control of Bayji, Tikrit in Lightning Southward Advance

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues its lightning advance southward after seizing control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, and the province of...

11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches 2 Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Breaks 6-month Lull

Bill Roggio

The US killed 16 jihadists, including four Uzbeks, in two drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas. The strikes ended a six-month pause in Pakistan.

11th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

IMU Involved in Suicide Assault on Karachi Airport

Bill Roggio

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said it executed the June 9 suicide assault on a terminal at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi that killed at least 18 Pakistanis, including...

10th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Video from ISIS Fighter Shows Aftermath of ‘Liberation’ of Mosul

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

A video from a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham details the chaos in Mosul after the jihadist insurgent group took control of the city earlier today.

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