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2nd August 2012 - The Long War Journal

Egypt Requests Release of al Qaeda Explosives Expert

Thomas Joscelyn

The Egyptian government has requested the release of a top al Qaeda explosives expert from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, according to Agence France Presse and Reuters.

2nd August 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Taliban Opens Office in Zahedan, Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Iranian government is expanding its ties to the Taliban and even allowing Mullah Omar’s organization to set up an office in eastern Iran.

2nd August 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Powering Guantánamo

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last month, I undertook field research into U.S. detention policy at the detention camp operated by Joint Task Force-Guantánamo (JTF-GTMO). While out there, I had the opportunity to interview Captain John R. Nettleton.

2nd August 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

After the Fall

Clifford D. May

Call me a squish but I can’t be blasé about mass murder. The genocide carried out by the Communists in Cambodia in the 1970s, and the slaughters of Tutsis by Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, of Muslims by Serbs in Srebrenica in 1995...

1st August 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

US State Dept. Reports Growing Global Anti-Semitism

Benjamin Weinthal

The US State Department’s report on religious freedom described a “global increase” in anti-Semitism and said the “rising tide of anti-Semitism” was among the key trends of last year.

1st August 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Deny Media Report That They Seek Split with al Qaeda

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban's official spokesman issued a statement rejecting a media report that the group seeks to sever ties with al Qaeda. Zabihullah Mujahid, the official spokesman for the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," issued the statement...

1st August 2012 - ASMEA

Review: Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Klejda Mulaj notes in her introduction to this volume, violent non-state actors (VNSAs) "have only recently received sustained interest amongst academic and policy circles."

31st July 2012 - The Weekly Standard

State Department: Iran Supports Al Qaeda, Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism on Tuesday. Once again, the U.S. government has deemed Iran the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

31st July 2012 - The Rosett Report

Syria, Vogue, and the Apologia of Joan Juliet Buck

It’s now 17 months since Vogue published its cover-story paean to the first lady of Syria, “Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert.” Readers were treated to a profile of Asma up close, “the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,”...

31st July 2012 - Foreign Affairs

Tehran Takedown

Michael Ledeen

The nuclear question is at the center of most countries' Iran policies. China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all engaged in negotiations to convince Tehran to give up its presumed quest for the bomb.

30th July 2012 - Politico

Some Questionable State Department Actions

The Global Counterterrorism Forum was founded on Sept. 22, 2011, by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It brings together 29 countries and the European Union...

30th July 2012 - Foreign Policy

How Obama Lost Poland

Benjamin Weinthal

After the "Romneyshambles" of his London visit, the U.S. Republican presidential candidate has a good chance to end his European tour on a high note as he arrives in Poland on Monday, July 30.

30th July 2012 - The Weekly Standard

No Sanctuary for Assad

As we go to press, Bashar al-Assad seems to be losing Damascus, as he has lost much of the rest of the country. Reports last week suggested the Syrian president might already be in Latakia, the de facto capital of the Alawite heartland.

30th July 2012 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Surrenders to Saudis

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee who joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) after completing a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia has reportedly turned himself in.

30th July 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Interrogating Terror

Reuel Marc Gerecht

This volume hints at being a memoir of a young Puerto Rico-born spook rising to the top of Langley’s white-bread operations directorate. But the personal gives way quickly to a professional cri de coeur.

29th July 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Won’t EU Call Hezbollah Terrorists?

Benjamin Weinthal

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s diplomatic push last week in Brussels to convince the EU to designate the Lebanese-based Hezbollah group as a terror entity was met with robust resistance.

29th July 2012 - The New Republic

The Fate of Syria is in the Hands of … Palestinians?

Jonathan Schanzer

For decades, the Assad regime in Syria was the most ardent regional champion of the Palestinian cause. When the country went to war with Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973, it claimed to do so on behalf of Palestine.

28th July 2012 - The Long War Journal

Army of Islam Fighter From Gaza Killed in Syria

Bill Roggio

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who was a member of the al Qaeda-linked Army of Islam (Jaish al Islam) was killed during recent fighting in Syria, according to a martyrdom statement released by the terror group.

27th July 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda-Linked Leader in Southeastern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda-linked commander who operates throughout the southeastern province of Ghazni.

27th July 2012 - National Review Online

Why Did the IOC Refuse to Honor the Munich Victims?

Benjamin Weinthal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) flatly rejected a minute of silence at today’s opening ceremony in London to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of eleven Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games.

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