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17th March 2015 - The National Interest

Turkey’s Secret Proxy War in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni accused Turkey last month of sending weapons to his Islamist rivals who seized the Libyan capital of Tripoli last year.

17th March 2015 - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State’s African Long Con

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

the long run, Boko Haram’s decision to pledge its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) — and the IS’s subsequent acceptance of that pledge — may make little difference to the African militant group. But that will hardly be the case for IS.

16th March 2015 - Fox News

Iran’s Human Rights Record Worsens as Talks with West Proceed: UN Official

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has violated the rights of women, Christians and members of other religious groups and ethnic minorities on a massive scale, even as it seeks to negotiate with the West, according to a new UN report that details an explosion of executions, including state-sanctioned killing of...

16th March 2015 - The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will...

15th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Iraqi Army Brigade Headquarters North of Fallujah

Bill Roggio

The Thar Thar area, where the attack took place, is key terrain between Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. The assault on the base comes as fighting has escalated in Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi.

15th March 2015 - The National Interest

Obama’s Security Council Gambit

David B. Rivkin

The administration should eschew this path and accept what the Constitution requires – Senate approval of the treaty it is now negotiating.

15th March 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Are Iran’s Broken Human Rights Promises a Sign of Failure for Nuclear Deal?

Benjamin Weinthal

Rouhani famously said prior to his election victory in 2013, “All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice;” The reality has proved to be the opposite.

14th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Bold Plans at Egypt’s Economic Summit, But Challenges Linger

Oren Kessler

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has a flair for dramatic gestures. In his nine months in office, the Egyptian president has challenged the state’s Islamic establishment to reform the practice of its faith, interrupted Christmas mass at Cairo’s main cathedral to bless Egypt’s long-marginalized...

14th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Targets Senior Shabaab Intelligence Official in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

The airstrike is said to have targeted Adan Garaar, a senior official in the Amniyat, Shabaab's intelligence and security service that also is responseble for external operations. Garaar's fate is not known.

13th March 2015 - National Post

The Hawks’ Case Against Netanyahu

Jonathan Kay

The defining moment in Benjamin Netanyahu’s career as international statesman came on Sept. 27, 2012, when the Israeli prime minister addressed the United Nations on the subject of Iran and its stated desire to wipe Israel off the map.

13th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Spokesman Publicly Accepts Boko Haram’s Allegiance

Thomas Joscelyn

In a new audio speech, the Islamic State's spokesman, Abu Muhammad al Adnani, accepts the pledge of allegiance made by Boko Haram's leader earlier this month.

13th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Foreign Suicide Bombers Launch Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

At least 13 suicide bombers, including jihadists from Belgium, Australia, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia launched a coordinated assault on Anbar's provincial capital.

12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadist Groups, Lashkar-i-Islam Merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

Omar Khalid Khorasani's Jamaat ul Ahrar faction and Mullah Fazlullah's group have put aside differences and reformed the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Islam also joined the group.

12th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan Consolidates Presidential Power

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s president has significantly less power than the prime minister, according to the country’s constitution.

12th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Afghan Casualties of the War in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - Qods Force is backing the Fatemiyoun Brigade, a unit comprise of Shiite Afghans living in Iran. The leader of the Fatemiyoun Brigade have been pictured with Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

12th March 2015 - Foreign Policy

Forget the Knesset. I’ll See You at The Hague.

Grant Rumley

Israeli elections are just days away. But Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are less interested in who wins than how they’ll take Israel to court.

11th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran is No Partner in the Fight Against the Islamic State

Ali Alfoneh

The threat of the Islamic State not only makes Iraq more dependent on Tehran and legitimizes Iran’s military presence in Iraq, it also provides the regime in Tehran with another bargaining chip in nuclear negotiations.

11th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Fires Cruise Missile Through Sanctions Loophole

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iranian defense officials over the weekend announced the successful test-firing of the Soumar, a new and indigenously produced land-attack cruise missile.

11th March 2015 - The Washington Times

The Ayatollah in Winter

Clifford D. May

The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader.

10th March 2015 - The Huffington Post

Jihadi General Hospital

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Controversy erupted in Turkey last week, after local government officials in Denizli province in western Turkey confirmed that a Turkish citizen allegedly wounded while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) was being treated in a local hospital.

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