Analysis & Commentary

23rd August 2015 - Foreign Affairs

Trading Peace in Egypt and Israel

Oren Kessler

This year marks the tenth anniversary of an Egyptian-Israeli economic partnership that has quietly pumped billions into Cairo’s vulnerable economy. The free-trade framework known as Qualifying Industrial Zones, or QIZs, is one of the few points of economic normalization to have grown out...

23rd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Supporters Want Mokhtar Belmokhtar Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s supporters in Libya have continued their “wanted dead” campaign by targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda leader who has long been loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. The Islamic State’s loyalists have released an online poster for Belmokhtar (seen above), just as they...

23rd August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Europe is Not Likely to Enforce Iran Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

With the reopening of the UK’s embassy in Tehran on Sunday, a new wrench has been tossed into the nuclear deal approval process: Britain’s likely reluctance to enforce violations.

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

Islamic State Attacks Iraqi Troops Near Fallujah

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State killed more than a dozen Iraq of soldiers and policemen in an attack near Fallujah in Anbar province, where the government has been trying to dislodge the group for the past year.

21st August 2015 -

Iran’s Military Is No Match for Its Rivals – But That Could Soon Change

Patrick Megahan

Iran, despite its belligerent behavior and support for terrorism, is not a formidable conventional military force. The Islamic Republic has a handful of weapon systems that make it asymmetrically dangerous, but its military is largely outdated thanks to years of international sanctions and...

21st August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Says Baghdadi’s Top Deputy Killed in Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

The White House announced today that Fadhil Ahmad al Hayali (a.k.a. Hajji Mutazz), the “senior deputy to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi,” was “killed in a US military airstrike on August 18 while traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, Iraq, along with an ISIL media operative known as Abu...

21st August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Mounting Losses in Syria Point to Build-Up

Ali Alfoneh

Hardly a week passes without Iranian media coverage of funeral and memorial services held across the Islamic Re­public for Iranian, Iraqi, Afghan and Pakistani fighters killed in Syria.The rising casualty toll is a graph­ic indication of how, despite Tehran denials, Iran’s direct...

21st August 2015 - The Huffington Post

The Iran Nuclear Deal Means War Between Israel and Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

The debate over President Obama's Iran nuclear deal has grown increasingly bitter inside the Beltway. The acrimony is unavoidable, and not just because of the hyper-partisanship that is ripping Washington apart from within.

20th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Branch Says Caliphate’s ‘Soldiers’ Bombed Cairo Courthouse, National Security Building

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s branch in Egypt has claimed responsibility for a bombing near two government buildings in Cairo earlier today. Initial casualty reports say that nearly 30 people were wounded when the bomb struck near an Egyptian courthouse and national security building.

20th August 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Turkey Awakens to the Islamic State Threat Within

Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

News reports over the weekend revealed that Turkish police recently discovered 30 suicide vests, some ready for immediate use, in raids against the Islamic State.

20th August 2015 - Forbes

The Iranian Attack Against Me, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal

Michael Ledeen

I recently commented on Senator Charles Schumer’s rejection of the Iran deal. My remarks, which appeared here August 9th, included a reference to an exchange of messages between the Obama Administration and anti-regime forces in Iran in 2009.

19th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Closer Iran-Turkey Ties Face Hurdle over PKK

Amir Toumaj, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish and Iranian leaders have each expressed a desire in recent weeks to enhance bilateral cooperation on regional issues. Meeting that objective, however, will require overcoming some significant differences regarding the Kurdish question.

19th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ayman al Zawahiri Discusses the Importance of Jihadist Media

Thomas Joscelyn

After a lengthy media absence, al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri has appeared in three separate releases this month. In the first, Zawahiri swore allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the Taliban’s new emir. Mansour, in turn, promptly accepted the pledge.

19th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Qatar Still Negligent on Terror Finance

David Andrew Weinberg

The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on August 5 against two Qatari nationals accused of providing funding to al Qaeda in Pakistan, as well as to Al Nusrah Front in Syria and extremists in Sudan. The Treasury Department described the two men as “major facilitators” and...

19th August 2015 - The Washington Times

Restoring Peace Through Strength

Clifford D. May

Here’s a question I might suggest be asked of our presidential hopefuls: In a time of war, would unilateral disarmament be a good idea?

18th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s ‘Wanted Dead’ List in Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists connected to the Islamic State’s branch in Libya have released dozens of wanted posters online in recent weeks. The graphics identify the “caliphate’s” enemies, including the jihadists and Islamists who have opposed its expansion in North Africa.

18th August 2015 - The Washington Times - Co-authored with Peter Pry

A Shariah-Approved Nuclear Attack

James Woolsey

Congress must stop President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The most important reason — Iran can threaten the existence of the United States by making an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack using a single nuclear weapon.

18th August 2015 - Canadian Jewish News

The Top Five Flaws of the Iran Deal

Sheryl Saperia

The controversy surrounding the recently negotiated Iran deal is escalating as details of the agreement are disclosed. What follows are five of the most significant flaws of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

17th August 2015 - PJ Media

A New Low? UN Report Suggests Israel Caused Gaza’s Rising Infant Death Rate, Doesn’t Mention Hamas

Claudia Rosett

File this one under “UN Sleaze,” or perhaps under “UNRWA’s Use of Dead Infants to Defend and Abet Terrorists.” Though even that may be putting it too mildly.

17th August 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Even Seemingly Harmless Investments in Iran Will Flow to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement say assisting Iran out of its economic isolation could help prop up more moderate elements within the Islamic Republic. By any standard, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, fails the moderation test: it is Tehran’s ideological vanguard,...


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