Analysis & Commentary


17th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Confirms Deputy Emir Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has confirmed that Said al Shihri, its deputy leader, has been killed in a US drone strike. The Yemeni government...

16th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Shura Council Member Appears in First Message Since 2008

Thomas Joscelyn

A member of al Qaeda's Shura Council who hasn't appeared in an as Sahab video since July 2008 has issued a new audio message. Abu Khalil al Madani's message...

15th July 2013 - New York Daily News

Labor Unions’ Iranian Opportunity and Responsibility

Benjamin Weinthal

On June 20, less than a week after the election of Iran’s new president Hassan Rowhani, the 42-year-old Iranian trade unionist Afshin Osanloo...

15th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists Seek to Open New Front in Burma

Bill Roggio

A group of jihadists from Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Pakistan are reported to have formed a "brigade" to fight the Burmese government.

13th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

2 ‘Militants’ Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The US killed two "militants" in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan that is known to host al Qaeda and a variety...

12th July 2013 - Forbes

Have Tehran’s Tankers Hijacked the Tanzanian Flag?

When President Obama visited Tanzania last week, he praised the East African country as a place with which he feels a “special connection.”

12th July 2013 - The Washington Post

In Egypt, the Popularity of Islamism Shall Endure

Reuel Marc Gerecht

How will the Egyptian army’s coup against the elected Muslim Brotherhood government affect Islamism, intellectually and politically the most consequential...

12th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Establish ‘Base’ Inside Syria

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has sent "experts in warfare and information technology" to Syria to establish a base and monitor the fighting there.

11th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Afghan Taliban Lauded Suicide Bombings Days Before Opening ‘Political Office’

Bill Roggio

The Afghan Taliban praised suicide attacks and justified the use of the tactic just days before opening their "political office" in Doha, Qatar...

11th July 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: The Rise of Hezbollah in Africa

Benjamin Weinthal

With the admission on Monday by three Lebanese men in Nigeria that they had been trained by Hezbollah and accumulated enough military hardware...

11th July 2013 - NOW

Overstating Egypt’s Impact

Tony Badran

In the days following Egypt’s military coup, some have argued that the removal of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi has region-wide...

11th July 2013 - CNN

What Morsi’s Fall Means for Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

When Egypt’s army toppled the Muslim Brotherhood from power last week, it also delivered a punishing blow to Hamas in Gaza. Fallen President Mohamed...

11th July 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Murder on the Democracy Express

Clifford D. May

Who killed Egyptian democracy? Elite foreign-policy analysts have been providing strikingly divergent answers. Egypt’s military is, of course, the prime suspect.

10th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

‘313 Brigade’ Claims Car Bombing that Targeted Hezbollah in Beirut

Bill Roggio

A group calling itself the "313 Brigade" has claimed credit for yesterday's car bombing in the capital of Lebanon that targeted Hezbollah members.

10th July 2013 - National Post

Canadian Activists are Finally Learning that Israel Isn’t the Middle East’s True Villain

At the time of their release from Egyptian custody this past weekend, filmmaker and pro-Palestinian activist John Greyson and his traveling companion Tarek...

10th July 2013 - Politico

Congress to Qatar: Stop Funding Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar’s ambassador to Washington, Mohammed Bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, is about to receive a letter that will put his diplomatic skills to the test.

10th July 2013 - National Post

Iran’s New President a Reformist? Hardly.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Say what you wish about Iran’s newly elected president’s supposedly moderate credentials. There is little doubt that Hassan Rouhani won the vote...

10th July 2013 - Foreign Policy

Iranian Election Reflections (Part 3)

John Hannah

As others have noted, the fact that Hasan Rouhani's overwhelming victory in Iran's presidential election may not have been Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's...

9th July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Did Israel Strike in Syria Again?

On July 5, a naval base belonging to the Syrian regime was reportedly struck near the port city of Latakia. Contradictory reports quickly emerged...

9th July 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Austria Considers Ban of Hezbollah’s Military Wing

Benjamin Weinthal

Austria backtracked on Tuesday from its hard line position against a ban of Hezbollah within the EU, stressing its undecided position ahead of a late July...


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