Analysis & Commentary


4th July 2012 - The Long War Journal

‘We Will Carry Attacks on NATO Supplies with a New Spirit,’ Says Pakistani Taliban Spokesman

Bill Roggio

The top spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan vowed that his group would resume attacks on NATO's convoys to Afghanistan now that Pakistan has reopened the supply lines.

3rd July 2012 - The Long War Journal

Saudi al Qaeda Commander Confirmed Killed in Kunar Airstrike

Bill Roggio

The Coalition confirmed that an al Qaeda military commander from Saudi Arabia was killed in Sunday's airstrike in Kunar province that killed "several" al Qaeda operatives.

3rd July 2012 - National Post

Syed Zabiuddin Ansari, and India’s Role in Prosecuting the Global War on Terrorism

The 10 Islamist terrorists who committed the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks killed 164 innocent people with guns, grenades and bombs. Nine of the killers died during their rampage.

3rd July 2012 - The Long War Journal

4 AQAP Fighters Killed in Drone Strike in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed four people, including two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, in a drone airstrike in southern Yemen. The unmanned Predators or Reapers fired missiles at a vehicle in Shabwa province earlier today, The Associated Press.

3rd July 2012 - Foreign Policy

Is Nigeria the Next Front in the War on Terror?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria is drawing the country ever closer to a religious war. The instigator of this conflict is Boko Haram, an Islamist movement whose very name means "Western education is forbidden."

3rd July 2012 - New York Daily News

Liberals Ignore Obama’s Guantanamos

In a city full of them, Harold Koh is Washington’s biggest hypocrite. As the dean of Yale Law School, Koh was the most prominent critic of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies, deriding them as “executive muscle-flexing.”

2nd July 2012 - National Review Online

Economic Suffocation for Iran’s Rulers

Benjamin Weinthal

On Sunday — only days after Iran failed to offer concessions in negotiations over its nuclear program — the European Union imposed a ban on Iranian crude-oil imports, denying Iran a massive market for its most valuable commodity.

2nd July 2012 - Commentary

One More Lesson From Shamir

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Jonathan did a great service to our readers in his eulogy of Yitzhak Shamir. I would like to add one more lesson we, in the West, should take from this great man’s lifelong political career.

2nd July 2012 - The Long War Journal

Report: Al Qaeda Trained Mumbai Attackers

Thomas Joscelyn

Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, the alleged facilitator of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, has proven to be a "treasure trove of information" for Indian investigators, according to new reports in the Indian press.

2nd July 2012 - Longitude - The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Syrian Conundrum

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the Syrian uprising enters its 17thmonth and the casualty toll mounts dramatically,Western inability to address the crisis, beyond strong rhetoric and sanctions, risks further harming Western interests in the region.

2nd July 2012 - The Weekly Standard

The Obama Retreat

In Moscow last week for the third round of talks with Iran over its nuclear weapons program this year, the Obama administration came up empty​—​again. So the White House, with nothing to show for investing in talks with Tehran, now has nothing left to say.

2nd July 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Targets al Qaeda Leader in Kunar

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces targeted an al Qaeda leader in an airstrike in the remote northeastern province of Kunar yesterday, killing "numerous" insurgents.

1st July 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Strike Again in the Shawal Valley

Bill Roggio

The US launched its second straight drone strike in a remote valley in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today, killing eight "militants."

30th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

ISAF Kills Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Leader for Kunar in Airstrike

Bill Roggio

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces killed the leader of the al Qaeda-linked, Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Army of the Pure, during an airstrike yesterday in the remote eastern province Kunar.

30th June 2012 - National Review Online

On Egyptian President-elect’s Vow to Work for Blind Sheikh’s Release

The New York Times has a report this morning about the pledge by Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, to work for the release from U.S. prison and repatriation to Egypt of Omar Abdel Rahman.

29th June 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Cyprus Detains Iran FM Due to Old Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

Cyprus authorities detained Iran’s foreign minister at the Larnaca Airport because his name appeared on an EU sanctions list barring Iranians who are involved in the country’s nuclear program.

29th June 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Egyptian President Wants Arch-Terrorist Freed

Thomas Joscelyn

In a rousing speech in Tahrir Square on Friday, Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi, told the crowd that he will work to free Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, aka the “Blind Sheikh.”

29th June 2012 - Haaretz

Paper Trail Leads to Damascus

In December 2010, the New York Times' Robert F. Worth wrote an article about the newspaper Al-Akhbar, "the most dynamic and daring in Lebanon, and perhaps anywhere in the Arab world."

29th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Raid Nuristan District

Bill Roggio

Reports from eastern Afghanistan indicate that hundreds of Taliban fighters, including members of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, raided two villages in Kamdesh district in Nuristan today.

29th June 2012 - The Long War Journal

Key Mumbai Plotter Arrested in Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

A key suspect in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, was arrested in Saudi Arabia earlier this month and then turned over to Indian authorities.

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